What's Lost?

"What is happening Thursday?"
My daughter asks inquisitively,
interrupting the porch conversation 
between my wife and I. 

I have a choice. I can play 
"The History Teacher," but 
Mr. Collins has taught me better. 

On the other hand, "not the dame," Maggie Smith, 
is ringing in my ears, and I hear echoes of "I keep this from my children."

My wife continued, "his divorce will be final" 
closing the book on all arguments 
while my daughter's pensive head falls
and I watch her spirit break a little bit 
and hope Papa Hemingway was correct, 
and that she will be among those  
who grow "strong at the broken places."


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