Pickles made me laugh today.
Earl showed Opal his newly
discovered sock removal-retrieval
system, using feet to remove,
then flip up and catch.
Earl waited for applause;
Opal regretted no current
talent show, no Ed Sullivan.
A few days ago putting on socks
didn’t first require a hot shower.
Kneeling to paint the baseboard
didn’t require leaning on a stool
to get down and back up.
Afternoon reading didn’t require a nap,
and sleep didn’t require a LazyBoy.
But the daily comics still summon me;
Earl, Opal, Charlie Brown, Dagwood.
No new requirements;
I still can laugh.