by phillip gillis


open the door like your mama taught you
you’re welcome thank you please
go see your grandma and grandpa tomorrow
yes ma’am yes sir
romance-not courting-but dating
i and love and you
family reunion in the supermarket between the apples and tomatoes
tell your mama i said hey
disheveled hair and a confused look from another aisle
bless your heart
the funeral procession stops the town at the intersection of here and there
he was a good man and a good man is hard to find
high school football games with an entire community
i remember back when i was in…
trying to find your way around the same streets they did in different ways…


monday nights working on homework
dad, i don’t feel like doing multiplication tonight
a nap on tuesdays to prepare for the rest of the week
just for a minute… just for a minute…
choir practice on Wednesdays
we are singing pages 1975 and 2033 for the call to worship
thursdays at the bar with friends
see i know her from high school and him from the ballpark and…
a nice meal on Fridays
i came for a steak but i really like the salad bar
saturdays are for family
can we escape for just a moment
church on Sundays
do you think we will get out on time and beat the crowd to lunch
rinse and repeat and smile and…


finding the right word…
i don’t think so.
huh? that’s not it.
like the dinosaurs?
not in my lifetime.
maybe elsewhere, but not here?

Phillip Gillis is a teacher, writer, wanderer, semi-retired professional wrestler, and father of two beautiful children. He is also a proud native of Allensville, NC and grew up in in a hardware store, C&G Supply Center.