Outside the wide window, the air
is full of birds and buds, of sunlight,
pale green through new leaves.
in yards, on lawn chairs, around
barbecues. Someone mows a lawn. Someone
is washing a car.
Inside, there are beige
walls, crisp sheets, quick steps
in the hall. There is the need
for oxygen in tubes. There is her
stillness. There is his heart,
the precious, perfect rise and fall
of her breath.
Her hand loosens, and she
He needs everything
He still has to bring himself back
home, take the children
on his lap, find
a way to tell them.