As if it matters
that the books are neatly arranged on the shelf,
the curtains washed and pressed, rehung.
Who will notice
the coffee stain gone missing?
the cobweb banished?
Is it for naught that I
fluff the pillow where he will sit
and lay down summer sheets?
They are never as I expect
in the quiet rooms of my mind:
curious, engaged, layered with frosting.
But better to be here, I suppose,
setting out cake plates for hope,
than throwing them out with the trash.
WORDS ©2014, Jen Payne
IMAGE: The Woman with the Fruit Dish, Fernand Leger. Joseph Fernand Henri Léger was a French painter, sculptor, and filmmaker. In his early works he created a personal form of cubism which he gradually modified into a more figurative, populist style.