Poetry Month Day 16 – Painting Life by Numbers

9 people sitting around the table
3 men, 3 women, 3 children

3 couples-
one 17 years married,
another together almost 20,
the third not quite 1 year.

1.5 hours of conversation, punctuated by
24 giggles, 15 smiles
1 bunch of grapes, 4 cups of juice
2 fits of exhaustion, 5 knowing looks.

Bedtime calls.

3 grownups stay behind and share
6 beignets and 15 stories,
filling in the lines
of their colorful past



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