Abigail walks through dusty halls

Filled with history and memories

She is frail, but firm in her steps

One last glance into her past


Here was a childhood

And there was a wedding

Children and adults now

Loss and lack and abundance and fear


She doesn’t know where she’s going

Her mind has turned cloudy

And the pieces don’t fit anymore

But she remains unruffled


Down the steps she tiptoes

To the car to whisk her away

She looks through a stream of tears

And says goodbye for the last time


© 2015 Valerie Hathaway

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