It's a ritual that friends have.
Coffee together every morning.
There is plenty of animated conversation.
There are five of them, such good friends.
They sit on the carbide cans
in front of the post office
in a small country town.
There's always a few extra carbide cans.
So sometimes I joined them for coffee.
But mostly I just listened to
the news they shared
about moments in their lives
that were important to them.
Eventually they would look at me
with a look that said it's your turn.
I chose my words carefully
because soon my words
would be added to the morning news.