legends of strong voices in quiet times
recalling the warmth of mother in the
room and of father coming through the door
wanting to be that solid grace that tough
resistance songs at the dinner table
when the coffee comes in cups and saucers
voices rich and low merging with lamplight 
vibrating in the chest watching older
faces for a glance or smile as calming 
as the embrace of a warm summer day

(Words and images Copyright 2017© by Michael Kallstrom)