Questions

    
 At age ninety-seven
she is philosophically chipper.
She has survived the deaths
of her only son
husband
parents 
and all siblings.
“I don’t know why God has
left me, to be alive
and lonely.”
Why, indeed?
Why does she get 
longevity 
while another’s life
is cut short?
Why must she
endure loneliness
at life’s end?
Why does the four year old
have cancer?
Why are people 
sometimes
so cruel to each other?
Why does this beautiful life
often involve
such pain?
Why don’t we get 
more time?

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