To Honor the Widow

In Honor of the Widow Seated Alone at the Restaurant 
On her Birthday by Lori Lipsky

Their son found a wife
Began married life
His career took him far away

Their next flew west
He deemed it the best
For him and his family

Their girl met a man
Transferred to Japan
Pursued him across the sea

Their youngest moved north
He was the fourth
Some grand opportunity

Mom and Dad and no other
Though they loved one another,
Their children had all moved away.

Grandbabies were born
It caused them to mourn
They couldn’t afford to visit

Good intentions, well meant,
Photos were sent,
But then Dad grew ill and died

Now mom lives alone
Connects on the phone
Her children are spread worldwide

Her birthday was hard,
One kid sent a card
One called and wished her well

No cake, no caring
Her ache unsparing,
Her kids all live far away.

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The first five stanzas were submitted to and published by Pegasus Review in April 2011 under a different title.

I have plans to eat out with my husband for my birthday today. We’ll be talking about our girls, I’m sure. Our youngest moved out of the house on Thursday to attend college a few states away in Missouri. Our oldest moves to Georgia in a couple of weeks. The empty nest days begin…

Is there a widow in your life? Do you know when her birthday is?

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The Widow

The Widow by Lori Lipsky 

The two hold hands 
Each evening 
As they stroll 
By her home 

From her kitchen window 
She sees them pass 
And remembers
A better time 

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~published by Sparkbright Magazine,issue 7, December, 2011



photo credit: iStockphoto, Don Bayley

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Do you have a widow in your life?