. A Note to Karen It’s been a bumpy ride, With bruises long endured By both the groom and bride. At last, my heart is cured Of you, and I am much Obliged that you agree Our lives should never touch Again, so now I’m free To say what’s on my mind. Essentially it’s this: If I should ever find Another nemesis Like you, I’ll float to Hell Convinced that hope is barren— The proper way to spell Your name, my dear, is “Charon.” . First published in Lucid Rhythms (2008) . . C.B. Anderson was the longtime gardener for the PBS television series, The Victory Garden. Hundreds of his poems have appeared in scores of print and electronic journals out of North America, Great Britain, Ireland, Austria, Australia and India. His collection, Mortal Soup and the Blue Yonder was published in 2013 by White Violet Press.