Pasts and futures quarrel and inevitably elope.
Mrs. How Do You Do? preens the curtains
while Ms. Miss Me Please fixes drinks
for Mr. Ivory Elbows and Mr. Huff This
and Huff That
Who stand bowlegged and morose
Smoking cigars in the den.
A girl stroking a harp in the next room
begins to cry...
A widow sings
in the meadows to the west.
She sings because her husband
has died. She sings
joyously and long. She sings