Boldness—you’ve always admired it in others. The way they
Enter and navigate a room, appear nourished rather than
Numbed by each handshake and kiss, how easily they
Elicit laughter from a crescent of matrons.
Delicately they inquire about the health of your parents, your
Investments and plans for the summer.
Chuffed that they have graced your table, you
Toast their back as they swan onto the dancefloor, now
Invaded by the adulterous and the athletic.
Overcoat retrieved, you exit via the kitchen, the
Night air refreshing memories of when Daphne was still alive.