The Reunion Poem
by Wilson Hoffe
We met by chance the other day
At the Walmart store down Roe Avenue way
How are you doing, I said with a Grin
Are you attending our School reunion , will you bring a friend.
Oh no she said, to the reunion I cannot go
It’s much too expensive for us you know
It’s designed for the Rich and well to do
Not for us , to expensive, we have better things to do.
I pondered a moment, I was in doubt
I said we have gone over the budget from inside to out
Every cent is accounted for, there was no room you see
We can’t do it cheaper, not for you, not for me.
What would you do, I asked, to make it less
A blank stare answered as she looked to the west
There are no easy answers that I can see
If you have easy solutions please tell them to me.
There are clocks to tell the time of Day
And there are Scales to weigh a bale of hay
But tell me how you weigh
A Handshake or a hug, from a Dear Friend of Yesterday.
Or a kiss from an old Girl Friend, whose’s at the reunion today
Or the heart wrenching thoughts of those who have passed away
Or a peck on the cheek from a girl you once knew
Who , in school, sat in the row, across from you.
Or sitting and talking about times that were had
Remembering the good times, forgetting about the bad
Or expressions of laughter , when we’re in our glee
Its impossible to measure, its priceless to me.
Reduce the price, we couldn’t do , we worked for a year
There were many disagreements, but never a tear
Our Legacy Project, we’ll build it, so that all will see
The gift to our Town, from former children like you and like me
Enjoy your weekend, at the cabin no doubt
We’ll be at the Reunion , we’ll holler & shout
And on Monday morning, we’ll sit down and take time
I’ll bet any money your memories will never equal mine.
Wilson J Hoffe (c)