Never Cry Uncle

I have an uncle who
spent some time in the navy
and came to my school
in his sailor suit when I was nine
and there I was nine years later
in the navy and sailing too

Now I write to him at an eldercare in N J
and all his letters are tales of meals
detailed to the last asparagus
with updates on jello and time-tagged
with great precision, without fail and
full of hope that I might be
at that moment in sync with him
and not forget that he’s a person
who eats too

Jim Culleny
May 18, 2007



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