After Graciela Rodo Boulangerm Bolivian painter’s “Boy On Bicycle”

     One painting
on the living room wall
the boy pedals
grin and play
pastel blues and green
was gift to you
then left
to me

because I asked
for this delight to hang
in my own home.

     The others—charcoal
and sketch a single brushstroke
acrylic blue another crimson—your creations
beginnings and conversation
we continue.

Your portraits—slight smile
glance to camera—
set on a bookshelf
kitchen counter
this desk.

You left us early tired.

     Some stories
you believed
were never