Thirty More

Under the napkin, the knife and fork

lie still and the fingers struggle with paper,

nimbleness replaced with patience and wisdom.


The cold meatloaf,

a much favored leftover,

with ketchup and mayo and fresh ground black pepper

set to the side as a sauce,


a low carb proximation of the meatloaf sandwich.

The fingers thirty years ago would not have known

how well they behaved as the sauce is stirred,

as the butter knife slices the loaf.


A moment not treasured then,

is seen in its exquisiteness

for knowing


in thirty more someone else

will have to lift the napkin,

stir the sauce,

and cut and lift

to my lips.


About anthonyuplandpoetwatkins born in Jackson, The United States August 04, 1959 gender male website genre Poetry, Historical Fiction influences James M. Lancaster, Brenda Black White, Gertrude Stein, William Carlos Williams, and Al Filreis member since March 2011 About this author edit data As one of the most public lives ever lived by a private citizen, there is little about me that isn't already available at Facebook or Shelfari and countless other places. Poet, writer, construction worker, salesman, truck driver, climber into the attics of total strangers, father and husband, and all around one of the luckiest men on the planet. My luck continued with a win in the June Goodreads Newsletter Contest! What an honor! http://anthonyuplandpoetwatkins.wordp... Additional Influences: Bob Dylan, William Faulkner, Barbara Kingsolver, Gloria Naylor, Eudora Welty
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