(translation from Hebrew: that would have been enough)

They pulled the tubes

from his nose

the oxygen mask

from his face

a small patch of white gauze

covered the 3 inch red line

the frontal lobe

the language center

and on a warm March day

the sun, brilliant and strong

he was lowered into the ground

the first dirt, tossed on wood


years after, others followed

willing, hopeful, eager

and yet so easy to let go of


so that when you came along

and broke my heart

to let go

seemed like an easy thing

call me expert

call me experienced

even now,

walking down the hallway,

pressing the down arrow

on the elevator