Jerene brought Swep V and Cannon
To Brookhaven for a few days.
The boys explored the yard, and back lot,
Pilfered the playhouse, the attic,
Dragging out old junk, broken toys, etc.
And then, the highlight, Saturday
Night and the Exchange Club Fair
Their daddy had loved going to as a boy.
Cannon tossed and tried to ring
Little bowls with goldfish.
Swep dunked the clown at the dunk tank,
Centering the target with a fastball.
The tilt-a-whirl three times,
Twice, the roller coaster, the Ferris wheel.
The nightcap, the train that creaked
As it circled the whole park.
Before they left, I offered Jerene
Some auction jewelry to sort through.
She, emerald earrings, chose.
Thought, 40 years, the marriage done,
And still, this fierce afterglow.