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I see them most days

when they drop by the cafe

for breakfast

they're coming in

I'm walking out


the old man's wiry


the wife is a kinder sort

she's learned how to deal 

with the old man


they always come in an

ancient Dodge pick-up

she's behind the wheel

he's on the passenger side

two irish setters in the back

he gets out and goes back 

to the truck bed

hugs each of the setters and 

lets them lick his face

telling them they won't be

gone long and not to worry


the wife looks back at him

and smiles, knowing what a good

heart he has even though he tries 

never to let it show


I see it all and smile too 

knowing that in twenty

years, this could have

been us

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