Reported in town

It’s reported in town that he
has a racist wife [virulent] &
their youngest ill-infected by
her voice [he’s a quiet man –

retired on dog-walking days
to his grave] – I met him over
by that floodable field where
once I crossed a late summer

flood [in to my hips] – he saw
me afterwards – wondered at
yer darkened jeans [he said] –
a smile almost creased more

lines on his face – We walked
towards his place [in ear-shot
of his wife of thirty years] – &
he’d never say boo to a goose