She moved right in, took over too.
Filled the fridge with sprouts, tofu.
Crammed the closet with her clothes.
Draped the shower with panty hose.
Loved her smile, her impish face.
Pleasured in our perfect place.
Spring spun by, the Summer flew.
Autumn came, its vibrant hue
segued into Winter grays,
And she was gone, that was that.
Cleaned out the closet and the fridge.
Left her cat.
Yvonne DeWitt Belshaw is a 97-year old award-winning author, artist and community activist born in Everett, WA and currently living in West Seattle. (Some of her awards: First Place, Pacific Northwest Writers Conference Editor’s Award for Playwriting, Sweepstakes Award, King County Recreation Senior Art Show in the late 90’s, First Place, Japan-America Society Haiku Contest 1972, Second Place, Japan-America Society Haiku Contest 1970.)
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