Spring is an old man in Bermuda shorts
and sandals with knee-high black socks
shuffling across the deck of a Disney
cruise ship to pick up a blue-haired dame.
She watches him stagger toward her
with the youthful confidence born
of Old Spice and new socks, making her feel
young – like she was 70 again, and foolish.
The salty breeze of déja vu whispers,
and she starts to hum a song from Pinocchio,
thinking of Gepetto – before he whittled away
his time and money on that silly puppet.
He says, “Frankly, my dear, you look much too young
to be a widow.” Later he will remind her of Rhett
after Tara burned, when she will remember once again
that she doesn’t give a clam.
Right now she does give a clam, but she can’t
remember why; there’s only starched Bermuda
and grandpa with spring in his step.
~ B.D. Bryant © 2005, revised 2007