to the tamaracks and pines

i think just last week
i bought this old dress
but it's faded and it's stained
and it's tearing at the seams.

and i know that i'm
getting older all the time
but the days fly by too fast
like a fading autumn dream

you held me in your arms
under the cotton sky
and we apologized
and to the tamaracks and pines

for the tears that we shed
and the blood that we bled
for the hands that we held
and the homes that we fled

march 19, 2021