Came home from work at 3:45 and I knocked on the door,
Nobody answered so I stood there and I waited till it was 4:00.
It suddenly hit me that there was no one there to greet me anymore,
So I unlocked the door as my feet made sounds on the wooden floor.
The kids were all grown up, married, and living with their new family,
It was something my wife and I had hoped for and had totally agreed.
My emotions were normal as I acted alone and instinctively,
The plans that we had made together were working out positively.
As I stood there I could hear the noise of nobody living there anymore,
Then I wondered if living alone was all worth staying up for.
The urge for a drink to quite the intense painful moments waited at the store,
I had gone there countless times this past year so no need to go there for more.
Instead I closed my eyes and I envisioned the aroma of supper being cooked,
And then hearing her voice say, “Darling, will you be home, or are you all booked?”
My work and my travels had taken me far and away to each river and brook,
Being away so long made me feel like I had stolen her life and turned into a crook.
I stood wearily after crying and the visions in my head kept spinning as I walked,
Looked at a picture of the family on the wall and my mouth started to talk.
Something got my attention as I saw an indoor plant and it’s fresh new stalk,
Then a flower opened up so colorfully and I knew she came back for a talk.
“My dear husband, I forgot to tell you how much I loved you and I do still,
I want you to carry on with your life and please find the strength and the will.
Missing me is okay, but your struggles and battles are like climbing a hill,
Except that dieing is natural and swallow it with water as if it were a pain pill.”
Soon after that I hoist the plant in my hands and drove to the cemetery alone,
And when I got there my cell phone rang but all that I got was a dial tone.
After I buried the plant I heard the music ringing out from her cell phone,
The one I had placed in her coffin telling me she had arrived at her new home.
A peace of mind can come from a simple telephone call if you are willing to accept the facts.