Dogs 2013

A DISTANT THIRD
(2/20/13)


I sit
on the couch
in silence

they're
across the room
leaning over
a table
working a
"picture puzzle"

giggling
and nudging
each other
as they do

I watch
a golf
tournament
and count
the minutes
wasting by

I had traveled
almost 500 miles
to see him

my poor
80 year old
father
who had lost
his third wife
only
five months
earlier

I had
expected
to find
a morose
elderly man
perhaps sitting
alone
in the darkness

instead
he's a bubbly
teenager
with a new
70 year old
girlfriend

my visit
instead of
being a comfort
seems to inconvenience
his now
busy
schedule

I am happy
for him

I am relieved
that he
is doing well

but
as I look
outside
to the setting
sun
I wish
that I were
home
with my
wife