Cousin Tillie

my grandfather’s cousin lived in Waterbury Connecticut

we saw her on occasion always

an in car explanation what an intellectual Cousin Tillie

she wore navy blue dresses with

a definite waist  a big woman with small tight hair  looked

different from most people married to a man named Max he owned

a hardware store he’d  shake your hand and  discuss Good Ladders.

Two daughters Estelle and Roz one like Max and one like Tillie

a few years ago in a flea market in New York City there were

Tillie and Max’s two daughters old ladies now one was actually

wearing a navy dress and the other shook my hand.


Esther Cohen
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