The nurses dressed Effie in her best
for the pictures, even
a rosebud on a head-band.
(her hair is fine and thin)
Jim wears a suit, with a rosebud
in his lapel. He tries to feed her
some special cake the staff made
but Effie is frightened of him.
She cowers away from the stranger,
clutches her giant pink dinosaur
in their sixty-fifth wedding
No sapphire; she lost her diamond
engagement ring long ago. Jim’s
been alone for years. He’s not
ashamed of his tears.
published 21 September 2016