Carl “Papa” Palmer

has it been two days, four,
a week, each day, every day
all day in this room

me sitting

her pacing
stopping at the window
now taking her regular seat

to watch me pace
look out the window
sit again in my same seat

neither speak
has spoken
what's to say

she waits
I wait

both of us

for the waiting to end

Carl "Papa" Palmer Carl “Papa” Palmer of Old Mill Road in Ridgeway, Virginia, lives in University Place, Washington. He is retired from the military and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) enjoying life now as “Papa” to his grand descendants and being a Franciscan Hospice volunteer. Carl is a Pushcart Prize and Micro Award nominee. MOTTO: Long Weekends Forever!

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