And Then She Was Wheeled Away

by Joanna Gilman Hyde

On what would have been

My 34th Anniversary to Eva’s first son

Eye fed Her a lunch

of 4 bites of turkey

1 bowl of Mandarin orange slices

and a banana brought in from the car

She asked for another cup

of coffee

and had me feel Her Legs —

bare calves below short capris —

She told me They were cold

and she was right.

Eye asked for a blanket

and when it came

Eye wrapped it around

as best I could

to sit with Her awhile longer

but then a nurse appeared

and Eva was wheeled away