Every other Tuesday we husbands meet
for breakfast and when we come home
our wives ask, “What did you talk about.
Sports and sex? No, relationships and accessories?”
But honestly all we do is update our infirmities,
remember our earliest TV and radio shows,
ads for extinct products, bygone music of our youth
and, yes, we do talk about sex—nostalgically.
But mainly we talk about mortality.

WILLIAM SWARTS is author of Harmonies Unheard, Strickland Plains and Other Poems and Treehouse of the Mind. He won First Prize in Litchfield Review’s annual Poetry Contest. He received his B.A. from Brown University, his J.D. from University of Pennsylvania and practiced law in New York City and Paris, France.