“Woman in Butterfly Jersey,” Lucian Freud, 1990-1991, WikiArt.

Familiar face and voice are gone, elderly
Woman I oft waved to whilst walking,
Nightgown, slippers, older sea-breeze
House, shaded covered porch, cool place
Reading magazines, newspapers, her
Two cats nearby, if hot, lurking under
Her car, watching me as I passed by.
Now, they are gone, too, including lawn
Ornaments: red-striped lighthouse,
White PVC pipe seabirds  decorating
Front yards along Eastern Shore. Yes,
I fear something untoward occurred,
House for sale, dark and empty, grass
Uncut, familiar face, voice are gone.

Thanks for reading.

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