He is alive. And some structure
of hope insists that he keep on living
just as he is – in the middle of his life-web.
But there, nestled like a cat among clothes
I have taken to wash, is his old brown wallet.
Nudged to a near white at the edges,
it gives up nothing but a few coins.
I don’t look. I am his sister.
Though I stand for the moment
in some instinctive temporary relation –
half parent – to him and an old wallet
bled of its red cells.