A TESTIMONIAL

I have lived in this city
25 years
and all that time
I have dropped things.
I’ve dropped
tissues,
letters from women
in Santa Fe, N .M.,
money,
the keys to my house,
books by
Jacques Prévert.
And all this time,
you,
the people of this
city, have pointed
to me and said,
“Hey!” “Sir!” “You!”
“You dropped something!”
and then I’ve picked it up.
You have watched
over me all these
years,
and I’ve waited till
now to thank you.