She offers to come from Florida
to comfort you.
Whatever you need:
do your wash, cook you something to eat.
A two-hour flight, and she’ll be in Philly before supper.
Just to sit with you, if you like.
Watch Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune.
Whatever you need.
like a conversation with herself
fills the ghost air between you.
She doesn’t have to mention Bernadette--
the stillborn daughter
delivered 10 years before you.
You didn’t give your boys names.
They grew inside of you.
They fit in your palm.
And they died there.