Poem – Mrs. Giles who lives at the foot of beautiful Forest Park (By Tom Brogan)
My friend, Edith Giles, is the mom of my childhood friend Tom.
Tom is kind and loves sports and was my childhood protector
against the likes of Michael Lombardi in grammar school.
My brother Ed was another who looked out for me.
Mrs. Giles would always say hello, how are you, and would
read my writing, something always important to me. She recently
told me that she found a poem about her piano that I wrote
13 years ago. How nice to hear. Now she greatly misses all her
siblings. Richie, she says, took the money from the sale of their
deceased mom’s house. Somehow no one else received any
a share. Families can be so unfair. Still, my heart sinks,
when she says that she last heard from her brother Richie
in February after the sale of the house. I say you are a great
sister and it is his loss. And, her brother George in Texas,
she claims, didn’t want any money from their mom’s will.
I met him and his daughter at a barbecue. She also lost touch with her
sister, Jean in Lynbrook, Long Island. And, a good brother John
who used to write nice letters and entertain in California, she
has heard from in a long time. I say why not try a new hobby.
Mrs. Giles discounts this idea saying it takes her all day just to
shop and cook and she is eighty six. I mentioned about
the free concerts at the Seuffert Bandshell in Forest Park and
hinted that she might like the Queens Symphony Orchestra
playing at 6:30 PM on August 9, 2014. My heart jumped
when she said that she was writing it down. It must be so hard
to be in her shoes at eighty six and alone. I hear that she
can still do things such as walk to church at noon on Wednesday,
and, I think, go Mrs. Giles, you can do it. You have a spirit
to soar like a bird. Walking up and down the hill to church
from to her coop is no small feat.
Tom Brogan is a library supervisor at Brooklyn Public Library and a poet. He has contributed two essays to Bridging Cultures: Ethnic Services in the Libraries in New York State published by the New York Library Association.