A glass of beer in the afternoon.
Sitting in the shade of a wide oak tree*
Taking in the music
And the hum that’s in the air.
There are some noises: a rooster in the distance,
A car horn, the birds chirping to one other in the trees,
The sound of the dog’s paws as he ambles across the porch.

As Uncle Alex would say,

“If this isn’t nice, what is?”

To Kurt’s Uncle Alex, a “hat’s off”
A bow, a polite bow, in thanks
In gratitude.
What more can we do, Alex
As we move on?

Thank you Alex
And regards and all the best to your nephew Kurt


*A paraphrase from Up a Lazy River, by Hoagie Carmichael – also a native of Kurt’s home state of Indiana.