Words are part of another time
Here Goes Nothing people said My Uncle
Abe father’s brother very different from my father Mike
Abe played tennis Mike knew the words racket and tennis ball
he did not hold them in his fountain pen hands black ink only no blue
Abe would walk into our house at 43 Holbrook
the word was jovial then a card player his wife Bessie said
Abe was a sport Mike was too Talmudic to be a sport
Abe would walk in the door and he’d say not every single time
Think the rain will hurt the rhubarb?
Not if it’s in cans.