Hitching a ride, trusting a partner, marrying the same person three times
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Michael Mark is a hospice volunteer who has walked the Camino de Santiago and hiked the Himalayas. He lives in San Diego, California, but his heart has never left Queens, New York.
— from “Estelle And Bob” | My father kneels at my mother’s grave / to ask her permission to go on match.com.
He needs more time to brake / so he drives slow. He needs / more time to read traffic signs / so he drives slow.
That this trip isn’t the stupidest thing he’ll ever do / That they won’t drive one mile before she asks, Where are we going? three times / That she’ll ask why can’t she drive anymore
For the fourth time my mother / asks, “How many children / do you have?” I’m beginning / to believe my answer, / “Two, Mom,” is wrong.