Opal’s Eyes

she forgot things …

she blamed her eyesight

she blamed lack of sleep

she blamed old age


she began to not recognize things…

she thought she wasn’t home

she thought her family was never there

she thought the mirror showed a stranger


she wanted to find her husband one morning…

she walked a short distance

she walked in the cold

she walked until she collapsed


she succumbed to exposure

she will always be remembered

she will always be in our hearts

she will always be missed