Porch Sounds

morning came after you
left and I shared a muffin with
the squirrel you hated the one who
stole the favorite dessert you
had once left on the porch

she recently had babies
they too love the end
of our large porch where
you would spend hours sleeping
in the afternoon after
your chemo treatments

if you could see how her babies play
underneath your still hammock
you’d tell me that everything will be OK