Gramps by the fire
in his rocker hunched over
is rolling his smoke with care
when Tom, his grandson, asks,
“What’s the most important thing
to look for in a wife?”
Gramps stares into the fire intently
then finally says, “You want a wife
with a low voice and a nice walk,
a low voice because later in life
your ears give out but her odd jobs
become more numerous
and a nice walk because you want to
let her go first forever and make
all that extra work worthwhile.”
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