Keeping Company, by Ed Ahern

Keeping Company
by Ed Ahern

A woman I love
too much to hide from
has incurable cancer
flowing through her veins.

I offer what I can,
touch and presence,
while she begins to shed
what had seemed important

We talk of others loved
and of shared absurdities
so we can avoid broaching
in harsh certainty.

She cries sometimes
to an audience of one,
not because she’s dying,
but because of loss of living

Ed Ahern resumed writing after 40 odd years in foreign intelligence and international sales. He’s had 150 stories and poems published so far. His collected fairy and folk tales, The Witch Made Me Do It, was published by Gypsy Shadow Press. His novella, The Witches’ Bane, was published by World Castle Publishing, and his collected fantasy and horror stories, Capricious Visions, was published by Gnome on Pig Press. Ed’s currently working on a paranormal/thriller novel tentatively titled The Rule of Chaos. He works the other side of writing at Bewildering Stories, where he sits on the review board and manages a posse of five review editors.