Imaginary Garden with Real Toads has the prompt "Loss".
So Far, So Close.
I couldn’t have been much further away,
Up a volcano in Ecuador,
If it hadn’t have been raining
I wouldn’t have known at all.
A spare moment to fill,
A chance checking of the email,
Yes, even up a volcano in Ecuador,
And the world turned upside down.
The stomach tightening ride to Quito,
The frantic efforts to retrieve our passports
Despite tales to the contrary
The Cubans were very helpful.
The eighteen hour transit at Santiago
That seemed like it would never end.
The dash from the airport to the hospital.
And there you were.
And so you remained until the machines
Told us that you had left the room.
I so wish you could read my poems.
© J Cosmo Newbery 2013