At this deli
I can order
a platter
with two cheeses
from this list–
swiss, cheddar, provolone, pepperjack
and two meats
from this list–
ham, turkey, roast beef, corned beef, pastrami
Includes a pasta salad(s):
Isabella Tortellini and/or Tomatoes Al Fresco.

That other deli is cheaper and
the sandwich “bites” are 
already made! Mini sandwiches–fun!
BLTs, tuna and chicken salad–but–
what about the vegetarians?
He would rather a big
ass order of fried chicken
from Kroger.

This is my contribution 
to honor my daughter’s father-in-law.
He passed just this last Saturday.

He would have really preferred 
a brat, w/yellow mustard and a Miller’s,
or going down to the pond
with bags of Doritos 
to catch the neighbor’s big cat fish:
at night, a full moon, bing bong of frogs,
a slight ripple of a breeze across steely blackness,
the bells ringing on the fish line, catching, releasing 

catching, releasing, releasing 
releasing all night long.