Bill Grace


Day Slice


The cell phone rings
the call is from Florida
we live in Texas
“This is Mr. Jay Anderson
you have won 1,000,000 dollars.”
I tap the screen’s end call button
before a second breath.

Bob has loaned
one of the sixteen hundred pens
in his collection.
He has helped me to see again
the beauty of the ‘Parker 75’ series.
I have helped him remember
France
is a part of N.A.T.O.

The Orvis jacket has been sent back.
It has taken over a year.
I did not know U.P.S.
would make a home pick up.
I did not know
the post office
with an account
would do the same.

Bob shares 'Eureka' from the
Wall Street Journal
of 19 March 2014,
he shares a wonderful piece
of Wordsworth's capacity
for narrative.

The ink flows
from pen to paper.
For me it is a wonder
this thing of a pen
that smoothly puts ink on paper.
Lets me tell my friend publicly
'thanks' for the loan
I will treat it with care
return it
safely to you
to its nest
with 1,600 others.

Submitted: Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Edited: Thursday, March 20, 2014

Topic of this poem: friendship


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