Ellen Steinbaum

Last night his late wife

came to him in a dream
then slid away, kept
slipping out of reach
down foreign streets
while I slept beside him
in our bed where my husband,
gone more than a decade now,
calls to me from time
to time, wants help
finding his cufflinks, keys.

Ellen Steinbaum is the author of two poetry collections, Afterwords and Container Gardening, and a former literary columnist for The Boston Globe.  She writes a blog, Reading and Writing and the Occasional Recipe, which can be found at her web site, www.ellensteinbaum.com. 



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