Email from strangers
Voice mail from relatives
who otherwise wouldnt have called at all.
My bed unmade
My dishes uncleared
clothes left where I dropped them the night before.
A check from Grandpa
A card from Sister
lunch with co-workers who just want out of the office.
Show up late
from my work youd never know I came in.
a kiss from someone who is not my wife.
Music from ten years ago
Played far too loud
beloved old shirt my wife is embarrassed to be seen with.
A fancy dinner for two
An extra glass of wine
they give me a free dessert and I order another.
I say "Thank you"
But donít mean it
because I know I deserve it all.
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