diamond head…

after picking up
a few
groceries items
for
aunt bea
i stopped
to
drop them off
when
i arrived
aunt bea
was watching
an old game show
on
her
new
smart televisions
since
after years
of
loyal service
the old one
according to her
finally
left office
and
was replaced
by
what
she said
brings to mind
the new class
of
politicians
in
washington
with
a
colorful surface
but
very shallow
since
i hadn’t seen
the game show
diamond head
before
i asked her
what was it  about
aunt bea
said
well
candidates
answer a few questions
and then
the winner
qualifies
to
enter a chamber
and
grab
as much
of
the corporate sponsor’s money
as they can
during
their stay
in
the chamber
makes one
think
of folks
in
washington
doesn’t it

last will and testament…

i told
aunt bea
that
aunt jenny’s son
came to visit her
in the hospital
but
she sent him
away
and
said
he needn’t
return
nor
show up
at her wake
i
expressed
my confusion
since
he’s all
she’s talked
about
for years
although
he’s
rarely
if
ever visited
her
aunt bea
said
it’s
always nice
to have
a travel companion
in life
but
no one
needs
a navigator
when
they’ve
arrived
at
their destination

waking up on the wrong side of heaven…

in recent months
i’ve lost a number
of friends
and
i was wondering
how someone copes
with the loss
of
a life partner
so i broached
the subject
with aunt bea
who said
there comes a day
when we all
wake up alone
familiar sounds
are replaced
by silence
morning meals
are no longer shared
and
sometimes
the meal is replaced
by
warm coffee

and
empty stares
into
moments of yesterday
i still recall
those first days
my movements
through the day
became
repetitive
almost tasteless
but
i’ve found
if one opens
their heart
the beauty that
was
begins
to remind you
of
all
of life’s beauty
and
the glow of lost love
warms each new day

the federal trade commission act…

i stopped
on my way home
to check
on
aunt bea
when
i entered
the front door
she was watching
the evening news
something
about
white house responses
and
accusations
hurled
at
senator corker
she sighed
and
said
given what’s going on
in washington
these days
the federal trade commission
is going to be
totally helpless
if
they attempt
to protect the public
from
a marketer’s prevarications
since
advertisers
will be able
to
in court
use
the persuasive
legal precedent
provided
by
the president
that
their ads
are
not
deceptive
they’re
just
alternative facts
it’s
starting to feel
like
we’re going
to have
a plastic chicken
in
every pot

sunday school lesson…

still steaming
from
a staff meeting
i
visited
aunt bea
when
she heard why
i was upset
she said
you’ve never followed
conventional ways
of
thought
always opting
to
never
fully conform
or
reply
in an expected manner
i recall
when you were young
and
attending sunday school
one christmas
just before the annual
reenactment
of
the nativity
in which
your older sister
had been
cast in the role
of
shepherd
and
you
as
one
of the wise men
the teacher
asked your older sister
how she might
find the new-born
she said
follow the star
and
when
you
were asked
you said
follow
the shepherd

national derailments…

aunt bea
was preparing dinner
when
i stopped by
this evening
she was listening
to
a npr program
about
washington
i told her
i personally
had been
having
difficulty
listening to anything
regarding
the new
washington
blowhard
and
got a rather
sick feeling
even when
his name
was mentioned
i said
to aunt bea
how can you listen to that stuff
she smiled
and
said
there’s an old
trinidadian
saying
the whistle don’t pull the train

questionable evidence…

aunt bea
was
looking through
some old photos
when i stopped by
to bring
her mail
from
the post office
she said
isn’t it interesting
how the mind
recalls those
in your life
that have
passed
i asked
what do you mean
well
she said
i would have sworn
that
your mother
was much taller
than
in this picture
perhaps
true stature
isn’t
a physical attribute