Kitchen Table 2021
At The Kitchen Table Again
The years have passed, so quick they fly.
Some I loved have said goodbye..
Alone I sit; no longer cry
Because of my sweet memories.
If poem or random thought descends,
I use my time to now attend
The call of my audacious muse
Back at my kitchen table..
Surely you know just what I mean.
There’s that dish you forgot to clean.
You came to open the fridge’s door
What on earth was I looking for?
And why aren’t my keys in their assigned place?
Did my phone escape to outer space?
So you write a list to help keep track.
What happens when you can’t find that?
We all have voiced this plaintive claim
Sorry I don’t recall you’re a name.
Who was that Sam Elliot anyway.?
Or who forgot to bring the mustard?
Maybe it takes a minute or three
For the light to come one.
And then we see, Oh yeah
That’s what I meant to say.,
We have these brain farts, or memory ditches
I prefer to just call them a temporary glitches.
Just give sagging jeans a hitch
And just keep on trucking.
(Where on earth did put my belt?)
Living Alone, But not Exactly
Living alone was not my choice.
I long for the sound of my loved one’s voice.
The joy of sharing our thoughts and chores.
Watching the birds from our own back door.
So many ways to love and share.
Oh how I wish I could still be there.
You need a dog, my family said.
Someone to cuddle and share your bed.
To make you laugh when you feel blue.
Trust us, a dog is right for you,
Along came Lucy!
On those first long and lonely nights
She seemed to sense things were not right.
The comfort of her furry self.
Helped ease the hurt when it was felt.
The needed to be needed was what I lacked.
A growing puppy fulfilled just that.
Later a kitty joined our crew.
They play together and trouble brew.
So when the blues on me descend,
All I need is my furry friends
To remind me that I am needed and loved.
And so I thank the stars above…
I am no longer alone.
If you decide to get a pet
There is something you must not forget.
You must walk the pooch and scoop up stuff.
Take trips to the vets and have food enough.
Like raising your children,
They need your care.
They need to know that you are there.
And they are not alone.