A Special Talent (Written September 29, 2013)

A Special Talent


He had a special talent for affability.

In his youth, when his friends

Drank too much and became loud


And abusive, he remained silent,

Not to excuse them but too proud

To tell them what they


Thought they wanted to hear.

Later, when he lost his own way,

With the death of his father,


He seemed to suffer one piece

Of misfortune after another.

A brother died of dementia.


The woman he married left him.

His daughter, in absentia,

Made it clear she blamed


Him. Troubles dogged him,

But he kept his smile and the same

Ease in being with people, to the end.

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