For Betty

Betty’s gone and sorely missed. She was an inspiring and encouraging friend and teacher, and much more. A brilliant and strict grammarian who at some point decided that the word lot was overused, she left as perhaps her most notorious reprimand:  “A lot is a piece of land.”


Lots of Love

You never cared much for a lot
bereft of proper boundaries

still  your progeny, the lot, now  gather
sorting through a lot of loss
and lovingly, as is their lot
into five boxes the ephemera
the vanishing, the unlike love,
five lots

And you still have me picturing
a lot of callers
flanked by the lots of cards and flowers
with a lot of  prayers
just down the street

All queued to rise and follow you
from the confines you once surveyed

One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Kathleen Yasas on May 22, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    🙂 and 😦


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