at 11 o’clock
each Wednesday
my phone reminds me of you

during the pandemic
it was our time
for a zoom call

Dad, you
and sometimes Joe,
we would gather

to talk
to laugh
to sometimes cry

you in your nursing home
Dad at his house
and Joe and I at home or school

my students had
library at 11 on Wednesdays
so I could come

when you died
suddenly of pneumonia
over two years ago

I didn’t have the heart
to delete
the Wednesday reminder

at the time
it somehow made your death
too real

so each Wednesday
my phone buzzes at 11:00
reminding me of you