Which visit will be our final meeting?

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Sitting in your sunken sitting-room,

we smoke cigars and sit at ease,

listening to loud music boom:

classical or jazz, both please;


air scented by Cuban fumed cloak,

you cough, clear throat of croak.


Re-welding years of lost connections:

kitchen-sink dramas once provoked,

absent now your constant corrections:

time-short talk, not tear-choked;


we both ask questions more kindly,

soft words now bless both benignly.


Shall we read some scripture

from shelved bible rarely read,

or view snaps, poignant pictures;

at Sunday service wine and bread;


long silences due to daytime sleeping

– which visit will be our final meeting?

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