Thirty Years Ago

Thirty years ago.
Three close relatives
dead within eleven weeks.

A cousin near my own age
dead from a heart attack.
A legacy from his father.

His mother my aunt dead five
weeks later in shock at both
her children predeceasing her.

My mother dead after
lengthy illness weary
of this dragging on life.

Three close relatives
dead within eleven weeks
thirty years ago.

Our lives dispersed from
a gaping hole in the wider
family’s network.

The younger generations
drifted from each other in
their various new directions.

I moved far from our home
city, all supports dissolved
from this gaping hole.

Thirty Years Ago