Loving Ruth


For Ruth.

I met you once.
Your smile was brighter
than the flowers
on your windowpane,
as you tilted your head
listening,
to more than just words spoken.

You offered,
with a cheeky grin,
to hire me to work for you.
I was so helpful washing dishes,
you said,
that I really should,
work for you forever.

You snagged Anne’s bag
and waited, patiently,
for her to notice
so you could claim you wanted it
knowing she would laugh
and refuse
so you could mock frown at her.

Anne shared your handiwork with me.
We gazed at the work,
with smiles,
knowing that arthritic hands
make more beautiful embroidery
then 10,000
youthful fingers.

Published by B

I am B (call me BB and I will gut you) I like daisies, books, and men who understand the wisdom of Kermit the Frog. I refer to my favorite person as TMW5T Why? because if he had 6 I'd call him TMW6T, duh!!

2 thoughts on “Loving Ruth

  1. There are a few grammatical errors here – some comma splices in the first strophe, conflation of then/than in the second – that distract a bit from an otherwise wonderful poem. You deal in concretes for the most part, making it very possible for me to adopt the position of the speaker. When you use more fanciful imagery, then, it’s refreshing and a surprise because of its paucity. Very well done!

  2. um..thanks..I think. Than is properly used here though. Than is used to compare two things and then is used to mark time so, I am unsure of your reference to it being incorrectly used.

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