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Richardson, T. (2008). The Visit. Fort Da, 14(1):68-68.

(2008). Fort Da, 14(1):68-68

The Visit

Tom Richardson, Ph.D.

Watching you try to screw on

The bottle cap of your Coke

Or even trying to drink the last

Of it, shaking and fluttering

George, I am pulling up your pajamas

So your diaper doesn't show.

A six-foot man, 126 pounds

Plowing the floor with your walker,

Your soft eyes resting in mine.

A schoolgirl working reception

Plays solitaire on her monitor.

A bent over woman in a wheelchair,

Collapses into her own lap,

Cries out Please!

Please talk to me.

Beside the Platte River three mallards

Just flew over,

A young black vixen

Hunting in the tall grasses.

The air filled with cottonwood seeds,

Each with its own parachute.

A fierce force in you, George,

To get up, to walk.

You are not finished yet.

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