A death

                                                                    -- For Ruth

Then the favorite dress is empty forever.
A flower on a blouse withers in a bureau;
Scarves lose her scent and gain another.
The Persian-lamb coat settles with a sigh
On a black hanger.
A mysterious whorl appears on her mirror.
Oh, a piece of dust with hair to show you
Turns up later!

You are appalled, tears flash in your eyes,
And your heart, knowing nothing,
Walks over and yells at a pleasant photograph.

-- published in The New Yorker, September 6, 1969

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