Visiting Uncle Peter‌ • Mindy Marie

Here wore orange but wasn’t hunting.

Sitting across from us, he spoke

Saying a line to free the silence

“It’s good to see you both.”

Grandma traced crosses

Against the steel stained table.

Listening to quiet TV,

Wondering where she went wrong

And if taxpayers pay for the cable.

He wore orange but wasn’t hunting.

Games used to be his favorite.

The woods behind his house was full

Of deer stands, twisted paths, and

Traps.

Some visitors played cards

Proving people can follow rules.

But we just sat,

the three of us,

And waited till the hour passed.

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