A View

From our Hotel Window on the 14th Floor

To the left, the water view
where boats rock quietly under
the sound of seagulls.

To the right, the mountains
peek through gaps
between high-rises.

Across the wide city street
one Vancouver resident
keeps his penthouse

blinds open, so we may 
observe him walk under high ceilings,
among his elegant furnishings.

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by Lori Lipsky

A Goodbye

A Goodbye 

Squeezed behind the wheel
of his well-used compact
he backed out of the drive
of the only home
he'd ever known,
using side mirrors
because his belongings
piled in the backseat  
blocked the view.

As he put the car in drive
to pull away, he waved
to his newly-widowed mother
as she stood on the front step
with tears held back, hand waving,
mouth smiling against its will.

And off he drove 
to his first job,
and back she turned
to pat the dog's head
and begin her own adventure—
living alone for the first time
in her life.

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by Lori Lipsky