Poetry of Kansas Here & Now, There & Then

After by Diane Wahto

He says, if you dieDiane Wahto

before I do, I will cancel

the cable, get an antenna,

rabbit ears.

I will move our money

to a credit union

I will put a basket on

my bike, ride

it to the grocery

store, shop daily

for my food,

European style.

She listens, thinks of

the void her absence

will make, the hole in

the world they inhabit,

clawing their way to

get to this place.

She thinks of the

shadow that would fall

on her if he would go

before. Thinks,

but does not say,

does not want to say

such a thing aloud

into the lamp-lit room.

She turns her face

to the dark outside

the window, to the

quarter moon.

~ Diane Wahto

Diane Wahto, a retired Butler Community College English instructor, lives with her husband, and two dogs in Wichita. Her three children and five grandchildren live in Lawrence and Shawnee, Kansas. Recently, her poems “the Conspiracy of Coffee” and “After the Storm” were published in Active Aging.

Ronda Miller, March’s Guest Editor, is Poetry Contest Manager for Kansas Authors Club and their District 2 President. Her goal in both positions is to encourage people from all backgrounds and ages to appreciate and write poetry. As a Life Coach who specializes in working with those who have lost someone to homicide, she appreciates the multitude of voices and the healing power of the written and spoken word. Her quote, ‘Poetry is our most natural connection among one another’ best exemplifies her belief in poetry. Her words can be found in Begin Again: 150 Kansas Poems, To the Stars Through Difficulties: A Kansas Renga in 150 Voices, Going Home: Poems from My Life and online in The Shine Journal – The Light Left Behind, Zingara Poet, Kansas Time + Space, and hard copy publications such as The Lawrence Journal World. She authored documentary The 150 Reride of The Pony Express and created poetic forms Loku and Ukol.

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Comments on: "After by Diane Wahto" (6)

  1. That’s a lovely poem

  2. A hauntingly beautiful poem, Diane. Says so much with so few words.

  3. Paulette Mattingly said:

    Diane, I love this poem. How deftly you reached the heart of all our concerns about being the one left alone. Love the photo, too.

    Paulette Mattingly

    >________________________________ > From: Kansas Time + Place >To: mattingly.paulettewilson@yahoo.com >Sent: Sunday, March 9, 2014 10:34 PM >Subject: [New post] After by Diane Wahto > > > > WordPress.com >Individual Poet posted: “He says, if you die before I do, I will cancel the cable, get an antenna, rabbit ears. I will move our money to a credit union I will put a basket on my bike, ride it to the grocery store, shop daily for my food, European ” >

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