By: Patty L. Fletcher
March 13, 2021
Before I share this poem with you, let me say, I’m grateful for those who take the time to run quick errands, drop off needed items or help make sure the cat has his meds or a trip to the vet. I don’t take those kindnesses lightly and those supporters, I won’t forget.
But I’d just like to add, that whilst I don’t expect anyone to come and stay all day and I doubt me or they would like it that way, last week, when a neighbor from down the street dropped off a few needed items she’d picked up while out running her errands took fifteen minutes to sit and have a conversation with me it meant more than anything else, I’d had done for me in quite some time.
I’d also like to encourage those of you who are fond of calling back over your shoulder as you hurry away, “We’ll get together soon. Call if you need anything.” To think about it before you make that statement. For while I know many mean it, there are many more who say it to do nothing more than make themselves feel better and those of us to whom you call those words, know they’re as empty as the air they float upon.
Cars rumble to a stop up and down the sides of the street and alley way.
Cheery hellos ensue.
Family and friends gather on porches, decks and in yards, like a parade or dance on a pre-spring Saturday afternoon.
“Call if you need anything.” Echoes in my head.
I wonder at that statement as I face another season while lounging by the open window across the foot of my bed.
Why does someone always have to need something for a friend or loved one to drop by?
Why, do I care anyway? I ask myself as laughter floats through the air on the wings of the birds flying by.
“I’ve got to run.” They say as the bags rattle from their hands to mine through the door.
I stand in the middle of the room, as in the distance I hear the retreating roar.
Reaching into the frig to place the items on their shelf, my hand finds a lone beer in the back and laughing bitterly I say, “Guess it’s good I’m by myself.”
ABOUT PATTY L. FLETCHER
Patty L. Fletcher lives in Kingsport Tennessee where she works full time as a Writer with the goal of bridging the great chasm which separates the disAbled from the non-disAbled. She is Also a Social Media Marketing Assistant.
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