Joanna Gilman Hyde

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Tag: loss

ALIDA’S JEWELLERY

The Tomato-coloured Couch 5:35pm

I lost a hand-made earring

in the sands of My Mother’s Island

I lost a hand-made sunset ring

in the waves of the Jersey Shore

Both coincided with boyfriends

of My Youth

One Whose name I don’t remember

& One I hope to see again

now in Middle Age

EPILOGUE

The Hawk Family Room 1:22pm

Hunter’s cat Cami

reappeared today

one day shy of a week

since disappearing —

a brown & ginger little cat

Who gingerly taps Hunter’s Arm

when She wants to go out

or wants a treat

NARY A CAT

The Tomato-coloured Couch 8:00pm

All Other Losses

Seem To Culminate

In The Loss Of A Pet:

down to The Fish Plant I went

in the blowing fog

to look for Cami

& saw nary a cat

only a nice man

who wondered what I wanted

“I’m looking for a lost cat”

“Oh, I’ve had about five people so far

this summer —

one fella even had a picture — ”

believe it or not

a helium balloon

flew

overhead