Gertrude Greene

If she’s said it once she’s
   said it a thousand times
      Stop eavesdropping!
   If we are out for dinner
she knows by salad time
   I will know their names
      and by dessert time
   I will know their history
well enough so as to tell
   Driving home she’ll say
      OK! Let’s have it!
   So I’ll weave their story
into a novella she will love
   Fifty years of marriage
      almost It’s no lie!
   She hasn’t left me yet
waiting for the next story

“There’s nothing like eavesdropping to show you that the world
outside your head is different from the world inside your head.” ~ Thornton Wilder


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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2 Responses to Eavesdropping

  1. we’re a couple of lucky dawgs – my bride & I are at 49 this year – as for eavesdropping, I couldn’t if I wanted to – the ears were among my first parts to go


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