Spencer Smith


It was just like him
to die on her birthday

with no warning,
sudden as mudspatter

on a new skirt,
following a pattern

of impulse purchases
and job changes,

projects started and abandoned
like mayflies,

nothing the same
from day to day,

and all this
after he promised

they would be together forever,
she thinks,

staring at the headstone
with both names carved deeply

side by side, awaiting only
one more date.

© Spencer Smith

Spencer Smith is a University of Utah graduate and works in the corporate world to pay the bills. A Pushcart Prize nominee, his poems have appeared in over fifty literary journals, including Rattle, Hawai’i Pacific Review, Main Street Rag, cream city review, RHINO, and Roanoke Review.

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