my parents were nervous of authority
or rather, authorities.
practitioner of medicine,
rendered their absolute, obeisant
replaced stern, with meek.
Of course Dr.
Our thoughts exactly Mr/Mrs/Miss …. .”
When the water right was disputed
I said I would go with them
to the lawyer
and then the hearings.
After court, and the ruling
they wanted to show their appreciation
a bottle of wine,
or a CD
would have annulled any debt
but was considered cheap.
An expensive restaurant was ordered
the food was good
but left an aftertaste
the sharp tang of proof,
of genetics, known and unknowing.
I’d have preferred fries and beer at the beach
or pizza and Chianti in the park – they had no idea.