a man died.
a man I never met
though heard about through the family vine.
their love song, something from a dime store novel,
true love, love at first sight, love that changes things
and they were devoted for five years.
she, his great love
and now he is dead
of a sudden illness
or maybe an old deep sickness that he would have rather
for a decade or two longer.
I am sad for them both
but glad to know their love story
burning bright in the retelling,
enough, I hope,
to keep her warm.