Step by Step

Sterling Clarren, MD, FAAP

Trips were cancelled
Then the parties
The bar mitzvah
The memorial service
The schools
The shops
The offices
The restaurants
The borders
All closed

We sit by the window
The cherry and apple blossoms
Explode white and pink
Against a clear blue sky
Proclaiming the spring
As the radio announces the
Death of the first one
I knew

We sit by the window
And watch
And wait