Marian Kaplun Shapiro

(at the Memorial Meeting of a man of sixty-three)

At 98
you arrive early.
Your thoughts grow roots
in the air, humid
with silence. You've come
this misty afternoon
to remember someone who
was younger than your oldest son.
You remember more--
years of these pine benches,
these windows, these plain
uncolor walls. Life greening
up outside. Simple sconces,
light opening its arms
transforming ceiling into ceiling/
sky. Your spirit,
here, loosening
itself from body. Staying
awhile. Staying a while.

Marian Kaplun Shapiro
Lexington, Massachusetts
MARIAN KAPLUN SHAPIRO, 70, Lexington, Massachusetts, a Jewish Quaker, was born in a housing project in The Bronx. She is now a psychologist and author of many plays, articles, books and poems. Marian and her physicist husband have two children and five grandkids. Her sign is Cancer.