For Helen Gurley Brown

He said,
Gruntle is a word you know
and she said
Yes, I do

then she pencilled in ‘pending’
hoping it would grow into the ‘de’
but there was the vacuuming
and meetings, so many of them.

First thing you know
the kids were graduating
and one day
while reading Cosmopolitan

she thought about gruntled again
added the ‘dis’
left her coffee unfinished
and packed an over-nighter

then another
just enough
for the journey
to herself.

Helen Gurley Brown, past editor of Cosmopolitan,
departed this earth on August 13, 2012.

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