I entertained today
For the first time since
Our isolation started
A couple came for lunch, old friends
We circled gingerly around one another
Keeping our distance
No hugs, no kisses. We stayed
Outdoors with a breeze sweeping everything away
Watching boats on the lake
Birds swooped past, gulls and eagles and more
I stuffed myself with scallops and tabouli and gazpacho soup
Until my belly sprung.
We recounted our adventures in solitude
Timid trips to the market, to the doctor
How we missed our children.
We have known this couple for 50 years
We knew them when our kids were babies
And now we look at photos of grandchildren and birds
Roseate spoonbills they saw in Texas
Back in January
A picture of a wood stork
I took last year. For hours
We discussed the state of the world and
Poetry and woodworking and flowers.
Then they left
And I don’t have to eat dinner tonight
Or say another word.
I am full up.