On the Kitchen Floor · Kevin Ridgeway

She died on the kitchen floor
where she cooked with love
her restless mind shut off
the heart she shared with me
no longer beating
her breath released a final time
our kiss at the bus stop
a broken memory of what I lost
and a group of strangers
frisked her body for money
before they all forgot about her
and I will always remember
her in a haunted daze.

Kevin Ridgeway is the author of Too Young to Know (Stubborn Mule Press). Recent poems have appeared in Slipstream, Chiron Review, Nerve Cowboy, Main Street Rag, San Pedro River Review, Into the Void and The American Journal of Poetry, among many others. He lives and writes in Long Beach, CA