My Life Goes On

By Claire Scott 

I don’t waste days sniveling & whining
wondering where you are

I see you across the street
pushing up your glasses

I see you at the station with your
leather satchel & Starbucks coffee

the scarf I made you last Christmas
has faded, now more grey than black

your voice still answers when I call your cell
sorry I can’t come to the phone
but you can & you can

I see Heart Healthy unopened
on your desk along with
a stack of unpaid bills

I cook your favorite foods each night
chicken marsala, baked salmon
pasta primavera

pour two glasses of single malt scotch
before settling into bed &
knitting yet another scarf

plaid pajamas on the back of
the bathroom door

electric razor by the sink
blue toothbrush waiting

near orange vials of Lipitor and Atenolol
a bottle of low dose aspirin
an occasional Ambien

my life does not go on without you
you fill my days and nights
just as you always have


Claire Scott is an award winning poet who has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize. Her work has been accepted by the Atlanta Review, Bellevue Literary Review, Enizagam, and Healing Muse, among others. Claire is the author of Waiting to be Called and the co-author of Unfolding in Light: A Sisters’ Journey in Photography and Poetry.