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Mary

Mary
My great aunt, kissed me yesterday
after bidding a fond adieu
to flashbacks of a time when she was happy and young

streaks of invincibility 
stiffened her spine when a gentleman came calling
courting her future
a legitimate suitor
this awkward member in good standing of the Chicago Fire Department 
a man unaware of the elements due to generations of Irish breeding
mule, mick, jackass, workhorse, turf-cutter, he responds to all with genuine humility
these stones of rough leathered hands... make him free
to cast a roving eye, flash a quick smile
share a wink with a girl hanging laundry out back to dry

My aunt kissed me today, this time a bit longer
holding on to that sweet floating feeling
that anything might happen now, and would
if the Holy Trinity cuts her a break
if the Irishman can turn the other cheek
oblivious to the water that her mother threw off the back porch
onto his only brown suit 
onto his pride
onto Halsted Street and a Sunday morning in June

But the triplets had another play in mind
in their sardonic wisdom
setting a path etched from a strict culture
hatching the preordained plan for her life of solitude

And him, fresh off the boat
wet behind the ears
soaked in shame

so

he never came back
she never forgot that
they never married
Mary still kisses me

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