cnn
         came on this morning
         and for the first time
         in six years, seven months
         she wasn't there to
         hear it in her
         pajamas with her
         coffee in her hand

         because she was longlong gone
         by 6 a.m.

         and he has only

         to get up
         to notice the
         note

         taped to the tv.



                                  -meredyth smith