they could not have been better

moisture in the wheat

riots in Belfast and Derry

best to refuse

she trained herself not to ask

figures running

in agreement

memories of Morris

a calm, hovering force

a nun at some point

too many notes

let the piano do the grace notes

this solemnity

what? dignified

on each side of the fireplace

too many rises or falls

‘how easy it might have been’

maybe that would be enough for the moment

‘see sense now’

so bracing

two fireside chairs

this long night alone

in a gray coat

all his things

as they were

or two pianos