Last week of a life
made the arrangements while time
ran down in the way of flesh
that is coming unloose.
wore your rings, your ankles held the swelling in
your voice just slightly fainter asked
and was concerned for friends
each in their uniqueness, their life
while they were coming to see you
who had turned wholly and utterly gift.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Elizabeth Smither was awarded the Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement in Poetry, 2008. Her most recent collections are The Year of Adverbs (AUP, 2007) and Horse playing the accordion (ahadada press, 2007).‘
Last week of a life’ (which turned out not to be the last week at all) was written for a friend, Viv Bone, known as Fox 2 (Elizabeth was Fox 1) who died with great gallantry and concern for her friends after a brief illness.