I forgot the nice bottle of wine,
The beautiful card, a nice piece of artisanal cheese,
All of the niceties that good guests leave behind
The ones with good manners and a full head of hair,
We are the bald and the crippled, the overworked nurse who still needs to
Write a presentation for a week from today and gets interrupted for
Another glass of Root, with ice, after a shower and a shave
I meant to do better, but I didn’t, having destroyed two plastic containers
As water expanded to ice, I meant to be a better guest
With excellent manners.
We thank you, Al and Sharon, for a break from looking out the
Same windows, for a comfy bed, for the challenge of finding anything in
Your beautiful kitchen, for your friendship.