An Old Friend Asks for An Update


I’ve lost touch with
finds an old Christmas card
and writes to ask for an update on the family.

Based on her questions,
I calculate the card to be from 7 years ago.

I’ll hasten to let her know
Wally’s still here following the Mets,
content with a kind word,
a garden to tend
and anything served on wide egg noodles.
I’ll update about everyone’s location
and that Ma left us in 2011.

The rest, I’ll figure out.

I can be straightforward with,
the kind who,
despite distance and time,
we always pick up right where we left off,

and I consider her asking
a gift,
an invitation
to try again the telling,

same way,
after praising a refugee’s ABCs,
I erase the marker board
and say “Again” over and over
until they have it,
until there are no stray marks
or b’s that look like d’s,

until, at last,
they have something really useful to them.



About Marilyn

Reading, thinking, listening, writing and talking about faith, creativity, ESL for refugees, grief and finding the story in a story. Student of Spanish. Foe of procrastination. Cheez-it fan. People person with hermit tendencies or vice-versa. Thank you so much for reading.
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