family table-talk


a bitter disappointment it must have been
that all right nightly given
to a day that would have been
else it would have been it would be
something different

now the bitterest would be this
if given with a kiss
and forgotten

the look of it all
the sparkling hyperbole
and manufacture

and the droll regard
quite out of keeping
with the results
obtained for your benefit

will you lend me an ear
bereft of hearing
or the blood money I hoped
and didn’t receive?