*By the way, “aelinos” means a “dirge” or “a song of suffering.”
Something Like an Apple
when everyone else thought my life had been taken,
you held silent vigil to pray I’d waken.
You hoped a kiss might bribe The Reaper to forestall;
the gods were silent, and I was dead after all.
A customer reprimanded me on
the day you put my dog down,
“Hey there, doll face, smile more!”