Pie, Peaches & Crosswords

Pie, Peaches & Crosswords

they sit
by the lake
in the shadow
of old oaks
and maples
elderly couples
sitting
mostly quiet
and still
enjoying
an afternoon

when they talk
it's usually short things 
like the weather
the identity
of a bird
what pie
they have waiting
at home
an answer
to a crossword puzzle
the quality
of their peaches
or what's on TV
that night

over 160 years
combined
of life
love
loss
happiness
regrets
fears
achievements
failures
courage
cowardice
and they never sound unhappy
with death 
creeping close
to be talking
just a little bit
about
pie
peaches
and crossword puzzles
instead of
talking a lot
or at all
about
life
death
love
loss
and all the other
bullshit

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