Cemetery Records

'Her remains have been scattered.'

I never knew. I thought her entombed
in a tiny compartment by the roses.
No, it seems she fertilised them years ago
and vanished.

I hope it was in accord
with her children's wishes,
not on a whim of the curator
or to make room
for the next generation.

'Religion: none.'

This woman taught me without words
love for the unlovely
and the hope of grace,
attached forever in my mind
to a black Bible on a bedside table,
which I never saw her read
but never doubted
she did.