Husband – Jeannette Drake

For Donald

He lingers on the brightest side of cumulus clouds
wearing a coat and hat of many colors (my favorite),
a bowl of gazpacho in his right hand.
Lately, I miss him each second of 24 hours,
He holds my secret. Yesterday, I felt ready to leave
Earth One. To run with him through gardens
of lavender wisteria, chase misshapen butterflies,
breathe in the garlic of his skin.  He sits his bowl
on the edge of a rainbow, touches my tears.
“No! Get your brushes, your watercolors.
Paint  your pit canary yellow.”  

Jeannette Drake, a retired psychotherapist (LCSW) is a poet, essayist and visual artist. Her writings appear in Callaloo: Obsidian; The Southern Review; Honey Hush! An Anthology of African American Women’s Humor: Black Magnolia: A Literary Journal; The Sun Magazine and Passing It On: Stories of Activists 1960-2000, among others. Her poem, “Sweet Story,” from TELLING OUR STORIES PRESS (Reflections: ultra personal narratives) has been nominated for a 2015 Pushcart Prize.

Journey Within: A Healing Playbook and Promise: Inspirational Fantasies were published in 2005 and 2011. A recipient of awards from the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Hurston/Wright Foundation, her memoir, Far as the Eyes Could see, is under consideration for publication.

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