Old Country Music

Porter Wagoner hides
a wedding ring so folks
won’t know his dad
cheated.  Melodies pour

from salt shakers.  Loss
lines sugar bowls.  I greet
customers with a Texas-sized

grin.  Tragedies choose
between hot roast beef
and chicken in a basket.

After I bring
steaming comfort,
they eat and absently
look out the window.

—Ken Pobo, Media, PA