A Tortuous Road

Bold confident intelligent
a successful professional
she also lived in her music
evenings and weekends
singing and playing piano.

Midlife at age forty two an
alien octopus cluster vein
burst in her brain flooding
it with blood until eleven
hours on the operating table
finally stemmed the flow.

Survival left her limping
struggling to recall the words
of her once fluent speech,
unable to sing, play the piano,
keep her professional career.

A half life on a government benefit.

The man who had loved her
through the ending of his
marriage at last convinced
her parents to help him
marry her, twenty years’ joy.

He stayed alive for her till
ninety, then faded away.

At seventy she was bereft,
abandoned amidst family
friends, loved church parish.

A Tortuous Road