Heaven’s Gifts

She was the Mother
who presented her children with
an empty mason jar
on the night before each of their
first ten birthdays,
instructing them to remove the lid
and consecrate it
open-mouthed beneath the sky.
When resurrected again
the next day, filled to the brim,
heads mixing with tails,
they found a note placed on top:
“Pennies from Heaven.”

She was the Wife
enchanted by Black Dragonware
who, on their first ten
wedding anniversaries, received
a cup and saucer,
accented with dragons in flight,
to complete the set of
her husband’s teapot marriage gift.
Forty-eight years later,
beneath that sky of mourning rain,
in lieu of somber dress,
she raised up her favorite cup to
collect Heaven’s tears.

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