behind me on Mother’s Day

He leaned over me
on the way to the john
spoke softly
as drunks will
to strangers.

For a few hours
as we and they ate
he had —
speaking French to
his mother and father —
thanked them,
and he gave her a bouquet;
and they loved him
even if he was
drinking too much,
a bit too funny:
they spoke sweetly,
patiently in rich,
intimate patois.

He leaned over me
on his way
to the john,
and whispered
you know
Mother’s Day
makes me sad:
my wife died of cancer
five years ago today;
we had no kids.
Don’t worry,
it’s okay.
They understand.

He walked on
towards the john.

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Poet, playwright, duplicate bridge player, website designer, cottager, husband, father, grandfather, former athlete, carpenter, computer helper for my friends, theatre designer, backstage polymath, retired teacher of highschool English, drama, art, a baritone singer in a barbershop quartet, who knows what else? wordcurrents is on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wordcurrents/ Doug also has a Facebook page, "Incognitio", related to his novels.
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