(there is) life after death.

the wild cherry tree
that stands
below my kitchen window, had

until today,

lost all her leaves,

but two.

and all morning long
i kept watch
over her labour
as i rinsed the remains of


from plates, and
between brewing tea
and folding laundry,

she let go of the last signs
of life,

and i stood with my head
in that solemn moment, but

she swayed in the wind
and said,

‘there’s no need for sadness,
i have been expecting this loss
it is good.’

as two leaves became
with all the others, and


lay like love,
all over the
very ordinary

— (there is) life after death.

© Liezel Graham 2018.

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