Insulin; Posture; Shake; Suffer; Cloudburst; Immure (v.)) t .); Hereafter; Slovenly; Radiate; Gladiola; Restaurant; Galimatias (n)) Nonsense) (A secret that must be kept on pain of death. )
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Every day, folks meet at the Gladiola Restaurant.
Amid the murmuring of repeated and ignored galimatias,
They eat Glenda’s excellent pies…with an insulin chaser.
Glenda’s pies are just that good; well-worth suffering diabetes,
And even dying for—they declare with nervous laughter.
Glenda says the Good Lord has already given her His okay that
Her pies will be served at Heaven’s table in the Hereafter—
And furthermore, that her late husband, Porter, is
Up there getting the kitchen organized properly.
Although everyone goes along with her, to be polite,
Many hold the opinion that it’s unlikely Porter’s soul went
North—if so, God was surely scraping
The bottom of the barrel for saints.
Porter Gladiola had had the posture of a storm before
Cloudburst—all balled up and ready to take offense at
The least unintended slight or provocation.
His mental issues caused him to shake—forever
Agitated about something, whether angry
Or greatly anxious, no one really knew.
He was as slovenly as Glenda was clean and tidy; but
Mostly he was merely a difficult, disagreeable, sad man.
The last year of his life, he’d immured himself in the
Upstairs bedroom, wouldn’t see anyone but his wife—
And then one day he was dead, permanently gone.
Glenda radiated peace at his funeral…
And perhaps a bit of Glory’s freedom.
As to what had taken Porter, we all guessed it was
Complications of diabetes.
Glenda shrugged, and with a wan smile, told how
Rhubarb pie had always been Porter’s favorite—and that
All of a sudden, it hadn’t agreed with him anymore.
But there was something in her expression—the curious
Sparkle in her cornflower blue eyes as her thin lips
Trembled—that caused more than one person to
Suggest we’d best avoid “Porter’s Pie” from now on…because
Really, can you ever be fully certain you know anyone?
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