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The one night a long time ago when everything seemed good

John Trustin





The three of us brought dinner home

from the Greek diner

and watched a movie we all enjoyed.


They didn’t have school the next day;

I didn’t have work

and the weather forecast was mild.


I kissed the kids goodnight

and they were both asleep

in a matter of minutes;


then I called my sweetie,

not knowing yet

the things she was and wasn’t capable of.


We talked a while,

said our I Love Yous

and then I sat down


and wrote a marvelous poem

that I believed, at the time,

to be truth


as my cat balanced on her haunches

then jumped off the table

and across the universe.

 

John Tustin’s poetry has appeared in many disparate literary journals since 2009. fritzware.com/johntustinpoetry contains links to his published poetry online.