Photography © Chad Parenteau


For Ray

She has the clothes that made the man
A gray and white flannel shirt, the pocket
Swollen from his eyeglass case
A pair of Levi’s that got too big, despite
The new belt and the hand-made notch.
A clean, white T-shirt folded just so
And placed on top, left for morning
On the chair by the bed.
Nothing has been moved,
Not once. Even in this month of Sundays.


Beverly Cartwright lives in Virginia where she works as a health-care professional. She is privileged to share her home with her cat Gtmo and her dog, Izzie. Both of whom remind her daily that the words are the “plus one” and what comes before the words is what matters most.

Chad Parenteau is Associate Editor of Oddball Magazine.