August 10, 2020


One Man's Geriatric Valentine


One Man's Geriatric Valentine

My dear,
your hearing aids
have little value inside their box.
And yet, you say, Talk to me.
Get your head out of the sports page.

I reach across the couch and pat your hand,
visions from last night's game
fresh in my mind. I relay
the latest NBA scores with my best
Barry Manilow-style rhythm.
You smile, the television blasting
an I-Love-Lucy episode
as too many chocolates rush
down an assembly line.
I smile, refraining from a guffaw.
You misunderstand and pat my hand.
Perhaps communication is overrated.

Article © Terry Petersen. All rights reserved.
Published on 2020-02-10
Image(s) © Terry Petersen. All rights reserved.

1 Reader Comments

11:46:29 PM

Communication is a funny thing! A Barry Manilow style rhythm is great for relating NBA scores he he

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