The Iridescent Sail Away

They were a couple of finery,
flourished moments entering
rooms, Ivy educated, wanted
at every event.

Snow never fell on them in
winter, but they had their
problems we didn’t know until
later, until after she had nursed

him – each age 45 – for eight
months when none of us saw
them, thought they were in
Europe, and after he died, she

made sure the bills were all paid,
then took a boat out on the lake
and dove in. How could we have
known she couldn’t swim?