Unwelcome Visitor (Written February 22)

Unwelcome Visitor


A visitor from an obscure religious order

Walked unannounced into the room

Where my wife was sleeping.


Would it be better to come back

Some other time, he said, keeping

His voice to a whisper. I agreed


That it would, but he remained

Where he was. Shall I lead

You in prayer? There’s no need,


I replied, from my point of view,

And as for my wife you can see

She’s sleeping. The sense of hearing,


He assured me, is the last to go.

As politely as I could, at the end

Of my patience, I showed him the door.

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