A Remembrance

After Richard Roe

Forty acres bordered by ditches and woods
a dirt lane meets a narrow black-top road
yard of clump birch
daffodils, forsythia
pussy willow
a rose trellis.

In the front room
a sepia wedding portrait
blessed Palm Sunday fronds behind the frame
bittersweet and wheat stalks in a Hull vase on the piano
a cedar-lined closet
woolen coats
feathered fedora.

In the kitchen
birchwood cabinets
porcelain sink with drainboard
percolator on the stove
Arthur Godfrey on the radio
Grace, by Enstrom, over the table.

In the bedroom
mom’s nacred brush and comb
dad’s tortoiseshell shoe horn
statue of the Infant of Prague
picture of Our Lady of Perpetual Help
a rosary on each night stand
the faint echo of prayers.

Ed Werstein

Ed Werstein

Ed Werstein, WFOP East VP, was awarded the 2018 Lorine Niedecker Prize for Poetry by the Council For Wisconsin Writers. His work has appeared in Stoneboat, Blue Collar Review, Gyroscope Review, and several other publications. His book-length manuscript, A Tar Pit To Dye In, is available from Kelsay Books.