FLORA 1918

I didn’t pray for it

though I didn’t pray against it either.

It certainly is not my fault.

It was influenza after all

not any rosary recited

or neglected at the critical hour.

One Ave never sung

one candle never lit

bears no weight

in epidemics.

So if I married her husband

before a proper mourning

well her children needed looking after

after all.

It certainly is not my fault

if I loved my sister’s husband

before the influenza.

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