Catching the Send-Off Train: Melanie Faith

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And Sometimes a Boy Needs a Father

Jim took me to Maubry’s Diner—fish filets,
cole slaw, warm apple pie with cream. After,
we stopped by

his house. He showed me the red gingham curtains
his Delores made before her last hospital stays.
“Maybe,” Jim said, tentative, “you could
help me

sew up another set. My sister says
these’re too faded.” I wasn’t entirely sure,
I’ll admit. But those two boys, peering up
from their Archie comics,

then looking away when I looked over
to mouth hello. Jim wasn’t pressuring. Those boys,
needing a mother. I thought of Charlie
at home with my mom, about their age.

“I could try.” I said.

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  Catching the Send-Off Train:
  Platform
Telephone Operator
Justice of the Peace
Where There’s Smoke
  There’s Breakfast
Life Line
Floating
Charlie
Fragments, Sent
Red, White, Green
Pauline to Edgar
I’m not saying it’s the same.
Taking off His Ring, Part One
Edgar to Pauline
Tattered Mosaic
And Sometimes a Boy Needs
 
a Father
Edgar
Taking off His Ring, Part Two
Charlie: Settling In
Thirty years
Charlie: Settling In, Part Two
Platform: Traveling Back