They’ve been numerically labeled
all their lives
first husbands, second wives
the last four of their social security number
for here each room is the name of a tree
What used to be 227
is now the Magnolia Suite
Each cold metal door
is replaced by natural grains
which took years of sunrises
and thunder bursts
to ensure the humanity
of the temporary boarder within
About the Poet:
Alan Harris is a 61 year-old hospice volunteer and graduate student who helps hospice patients write memoirs, letters, and poetry. Harris is the 2011 recipient of the Stephen H. Tudor Scholarship in Creative Writing, the 2014 John Clare Poetry Prize, and the 2015 Tompkins Poetry Award from Wayne State University. In addition he is the father of seven, grandfather of eight, as well as a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee.
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