Saying goodbye

Lydia 1980

New house, new life.

Wisconsin in late summer.

This is how I remember

my daughter.


Dresses, not pants.

Purple, pink and pretty.

This is how I remember

the small child.


Years of sorrow,

losing her father at 5

I remember the heartache,

the empty.


New house, new life

Oklahoma in summer.

After visiting family, its

time to go.


Saying goodbye

to the woman and the child

both are one.  There’s no difference

in my mind.