Love occurred when he gave
me a Great Lake during that
year of Christmas days when
we made plans in winter for
the summer garden of almost

In spring, he didn’t find
another, or even want another.
He simply desired a walk alone.

They said the car never stopped.
No one got the license plate
number. They said a woman from
the church would be coming. And
when she knocked at the door,
I wondered why he forgot to
take his key.