Come in come in I’m so glad

you could come how good

to see you I’m fine thanks just fine

lunch is laid out in the dining room


let’s open the wine


so we can enjoy ourselves

take your plate into the garden

the lilies she planted last fall

have just come into bloom


yes lovely


do take a second helping

I gave the caterers her special recipe

have another glass of wine

the music was beautiful


wasn’t it


she helped plan everything

that was our niece who sang

marvellous voice I’m fine


really fine everything

just like she’d wanted


to see you let’s have a hug


do stay a bit

we’ll all go out to dinner

there’s a great place

we used to


thanks so much

for coming, goodbye yes

it went well

so nice


you could come

get together soon

you’re the last


you could stay

I’ll walk you to your car



love you


give us a kiss


until                 fine

later of course

I’m fine


just fine


Ruth Bavetta

Ruth Bavetta’s poems have appeared in Rattle, Nimrod, North American Review, Tar River Poetry, Slant, American Journal of Poetry, and many other journals and anthologies. Her fifth book will be published in 2022. She has been an Associate Editor for Good Works Review and has been nominated for Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize.

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