The day I hear
she’s really done it,

I buy a card that quotes

I don’t know the husband,
but inside I write:

Her choice, not yours.
Be kind to yourself.

Then I wait, a woman
alone, hoping

to have touched the heart
of the widower. Nothing

to be ashamed of
when no answer comes.

In his silence,
I read strength.

I berate myself.
It is my choice.

ELISABETH MURAWSKI is the author of Zorba’s Daughter, winner of the 2010 May Swenson Poetry Award, Moon and Mercury, and two chapbooks: Troubled by an Angel and Out-patients. Heiress will be published by Texas Review Press in the fall of 2018. Publications include The Yale Review, The Southern Review, Field, et al. Currently residing in Alexandria, VA, in her heart she has never left the “city of the big shoulders” where she was born and raised.