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Did You Know - Beverly Lello
I was at the deli counter
buying cheese, a pungent parmesan.
Remember me.  Rosalie.
My mind commutes, a distant face.
Of course I do.
She asks
how’s the kids? the job?
the sort of things we measure time by.
We nod goodbye
I collect my cheese
encased in a neat white coffin of paper
line up at the checkout together.
I say
do you still live in town?
Time is bumping against us in the queue.
She answers
still got the house.
Don’t live there though
.
Lance died.  Cancer.  Did you know?
I felt that wrench, that fault line of pain
that dislocation a skier would feel
tumbling out of control.
I’m a lost soul she says
in a voice that staggers
then she slips away as
I pay for my cheese.