an unexpected visitor

i was
smoothed out at the
corner convergence
of the kitchen counter

coffee leaning
in blessed contemplation
cozy cottage comfort
frank sinatra crooning
it was a very good year

feeling quite unhaunted
when my eyes saw him

an apparition
emerging from a ray of sunlight
coming through the back storm door
he walked past the kitchen window
november breezeway cool

smoking a cigarette
wearing a brown fedora
and a blue windbreaker
looking down

with his back straighter
than i remember
and his fingers less gnarled

my heart needed you today

it was good to see you again

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