Leaves drained of color on a wet sidewalk;

the girl he always wanted who

let other boys touch her there;

grandmother kissing grandfather’s chloroformed lips;

naked Jennifer gulping grape juice and grain alcohol

as she trips over fallen trees in the Missouri Ozarks;

a fish gilled out of water on a treble hook;

girls sitting prettily, smoothing dresses in shade;

a young wife across a picnic table, backhanded;

one-year-old pounding a toy keyboard;

flowers, lots of flowers in a garden

of pagan statues in coitus, circled by insects;

lovers seated at night on the asphalt roof of an old house;

her constant laughter,

every funny thing she ever said