I was sitting at a table
In the cafe of the bookstore
Reflecting on 39 years
Of my time on earth
When Gene, a little Italian guy
40 years my senior
Told me a joke (he loves telling them)
“A man comes up to me and says,
“You look like you’re in the mafia.”
I told him I just got out a few months ago.
He apologized to me.”
We laughed and he sat down to
Take a phone call
I placed my headphones on
And before I pressed play I heard
Gene tell someone on the other end
“You gotta start living.”