Published in the 2011 Anthology of Poems:
Once you knew
You had nothing to lose
You were only passing through
It took you a day or two
You sat there with a frown
In a very expensive wedding gown
After all, life you had known was falling down
You stood there in a wisp of air
And with a sigh
You looked onto this image for a last time.
You met me later that afternoon.
You had quit your job and your school
I thought you for a fool.
And I asked you why.
Girl, you said with a sad smile,
Foolish is, to die.
They had said, you had five.
But as it turned out -
Cancer took you at two.
© Colleen Yorke. All rights reserved. 2017.