In the window of the drawing-room there is a rush of white as you pass in which the figure of your husband is, for a moment, framed. He is watching you. His father will come, of course, and, although you had not planned it, his beard will offset your lace dress, and always it will seem that you were friends.
Vona Groarke is an Irish poet and the author of X (The Gallery Press, 2014), Spindrift (Wake Forest University Press, 2010), and Juniper Street (Wake Forest University Press, 2006). Her awards include the Brendan Behan Memorial Prize, the Hennessy Award, the Michael Hartnett Award, and the Strokestown International Poetry Award. She teaches at the Centre for New Writing at the University of Manchester in England.