In Memoriam

Whiskey all around for all
who go
quietly, almost unnoticed,
who never made an obvious difference,
who never brought anyone
to anger,
to laughter,
to grief.
Jameson perhaps for the unfamilied, unfriended,
Old Forester perhaps for the homeless
Maker’s Mark
straight up for the interchangeable
priests who brings solace,
Auchentoshan for the rest of us
the ordinary
and the
long forgotten.

Random conversation on the commuter bus

Friend: Did you enjoy your turkey on Thanksgiving?
Me: I don’t eat turkey.
Friend: Oh, that’s right. You’re a vegetarian or something. You don’t eat meat.
Me: Yup.
Friend: Well, what did you eat instead of turkey?
Me: What?
Friend: What did you, you know, put on your plate instead of turkey?
Me: Nothing. It isn’t something I think needs replaced.