by Nancy Shaver
He wore a pink shirt without a collar
When he sailed into view
Up the steps of the summer cottage.
I didn't remember the color of his eyes
Even after seeing him for weeks.
His first words made me smile
But I don't recall what he said exactly.
We moved in together the next month.
Forty one years later I see the pink shirt
Although his hospital gown is blue
He sleeps and shivers sometimes.
I know the color of his eyes now
And the pattern of his breathing
Even after it stops.
About the Author
Nancy Shaver is an English major (with the requisite rejection notice from the New Yorker) who has been successfully disguised as a marketing consultant for many years. Her two amazing grown up children are at work saving the world. She resides in Portland, Maine with her art collection and her beloved sea captain who is her grand passion.
Bed of Roses Love Sonnet Contest Winner
Lovingly selected from the earliest archives of A Prairie Home Companion, this heirloom collection represents the music from earliest years of the now legendary show: 1974–1976. With songs and tunes from jazz pianist Butch Thompson, mandolin maestro Peter Ostroushko, Dakota Dave Hull and the first house band, The Powdermilk Biscuit Band (Adam Granger, Bob Douglas and Mary DuShane).