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It was the 3rd of July
100 plus degrees
her cancer had returned.
the picnic was tomorrow
her kitchen was asunder
so she came to mine
to make brownies and potato salad
to pretend that things
were not what they were
to reach to her life
quiet and hanging in the sky.

Finally drained to the core
she lay down on the blue couch
in the room of endless windows
and Bob the big black lab
jumped up and lay beside her
placing his massive paw
on her frail and tender arm
letting her burdens pass into him
as he rested his loppy head upon hers.

Photo by Jaye Haych on Unsplash

Ann Iverson

Ann Iverson is a writer and artist. She is the author of  five poetry collections:C ome Now to the Window by the Laurel Poetry Collective, Definite Space and Art Lessons by Holy Cow! Press; Mouth of Summer and No Feeling is Final by Kelsay Books. She is a graduate of both the MALS and the MFA programs at Hamline University. Her poems have appeared in a wide variety of journals and venues including six features on Writer’s Almanac.  Her poem "Plenitude" was set to a choral arrangement by composer Kurt Knecht. She is also the author and illustrator of two children's books. As a visual artist, she enjoys the integrated relationship between the visual image and the written image. Her art work has been featured in several art exhibits as well as in a permanent installation at the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital. She is currently working on her sixth collection of poetry, a book of children's verse, and a collection of personal essays.