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45th High School Reunion
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It doesn't matter who's gearing up to run
for office in Maine or who has three grandkids
and just retired from being a dentist a lawyer
a hospital bookkeeper or if Maureen still drinks;
what matters

is that Tippy McHenry's father, sitting alone
in the St. Claire Nursing Home day room
after lunch, has a clean blanket over his knees,
his mind's one window letting a draft in now,
and that the early November light

still makes it through the torn shade
to lay its frail and dutiful beam across
the ugly linoleum. It matters that Tippy made sure
the family Steinway went with him,
and that she’s asked his favorite nurse

to let him stay there after the trays are cleared;
and that his hands, although these days
they shake a bit like stippled leaves whose time
has almost come, still know more or less
what to do.

Frannie Lindsay  

Frannie Lindsay’s fourth volume of poetry, Our Vanishing, was selected as the winner of the 2012 Benjamin Saltman Award and is forthcoming in 2014 from Red Hen Press. Her other titles are Mayweed (Washington Prize 2010; The Word Works); Lamb (Perugia Prize; Perugia Press 2006;) and Where She Always Was (May Swenson Award 2004; Utah State University Press). She is widely published and has held fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. She has also received several Pushcart nominations. She is a classical pianist as well.

Copyright © 2014 University of Tampa Press
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Frannie Lindsay. "45th High School Reunion." Tampa Review 47.1 (2014): 51-51. Project MUSE. Web. 25 Apr. 2014. <http://muse.jhu.edu/>.
Lindsay, F.(2014). 45th High School Reunion. Tampa Review 47(1), 51. University of Tampa Press. Retrieved April 25, 2014, from Project MUSE database.
Frannie Lindsay. "45th High School Reunion." Tampa Review 47, no. 1 (2014): 51-51. http://muse.jhu.edu/ (accessed April 25, 2014).
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PB - University of Tampa Press
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