Thursday, May 17, 2007

Poem #137 of 365

After he handed me my glass
and I leaned down to thank him,

he took hold of my head
and softly whispered to me:

never, never say thank
you to me again

and I remembered that gifts
don't need a please and a gracias

it's the joy that you show
when the giving is done

that is plenty the gratitude shown.

In other cultures, it is not
mandated of children that they
speak proprieties on cue,
their expressions are fresh,

unrehearsed, the pleasure
of petals in a spring rain.

So, of course, I shall never again
thank him with socially-scripted stiff words

instead I will smile, squeeze his
hand, and disappear in the crowd.

copyright 2007 tammy melody gomez

1 comment:

author said...

very nicely done