Almanac Poetry: Her First and Second Husbands


[Waiting milk bottles. Source: Wikimedia Commons]


Her First and Second Husbands


An old schoolfriend of my mother
had a husband and three young kids.
One morning, aged thirty-seven,
he went out to get the milk bottles,
had a heart attack and died.
My mother’s friend took twenty years
to marry again.
When she did, it was to a kindly chap
in his early seventies.
After five years of happy marriage,
she woke to find him dead,
more conventionally,
in their marital bed.


Again, the day’s milk curdled in the sun.




(Acknowledgements: this poem first appeared in Monkey Kettle (UK), 2003, then in the UK anthology, Now That’s What I Call Monkey Kettle, 2005; then in my first book-length collection, Vigorous Vernacular, Picaro Press, 2008 – reprinted Ginninderra Press, 2018.)




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Kevin Densley is a poet and writer-in-general. His fourth book-length poetry collection, Sacredly Profane, has just been published (late 2020) by Ginninderra Press. He is also the co-author of ten play collections for young people, as well as a multi Green Room Award nominated play, Last Chance Gas, which was published by Currency Press. Recent other writing includes screenplays for films with a tertiary education purpose. He laments the extinction of Cascade Pale Ale and Kiwi Lager.


  1. The Avenging Eagle sometimes refers to me as “my current husband”. Keeps me on my toes.

  2. Kevin Densley says

    Hi PB. I imagine it would!

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