Hope Incarnate

203461_1043105893_7925013_n_biggerby Joshua Converse05 Jul 2013

In a foreign hospital,
Far from home
My grandfather waited
beside my grandmother.

Every morning he arrived
with their suitcase.
Every night he kissed her
and said in her ear,
“Tomorrow,
Tomorrow we can go home.”

For months he made his way back to the hotel,
alone in the dark,
and set their suitcase
by the bed,

Ready to leave in the morning.