Umbrella’s lighter offshoot

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by Jan D. Hodge

The coffee’s good at Hoss’s Grill
where Lefty sat with Rick.
“My golden anniversary
is comin’ up right quick.

“Our twenty-fifth, I took Louise
to Acapulco Bay.
Not my kind of saddle horse,
but she liked it okay.”

He mused a while, took a sip,
and gazed into his cup.
“So maybe for our fiftieth,
I’ll go and pick her up.”

Jan D. Hodge grew up in a letterpress print shop in small town Michigan, was educated at the Universities of Michigan (B.A., M.A.) and New Mexico (Ph.D.; dissertation on Dickens), and taught for 32 years at colleges in Illinois and Iowa before retiring. His poems have appeared in North American Review, New Orleans Review, Iambs & Trochees, South Coast Poetry Journal, Western Wind, and elsewhere.