A Haunting Oboe

Grandmother always made me
feel a proper young British gentleman.
I was Master Johnson.

My precious rare correspondence
was addressed just as such —
right there on the envelope,
for God & the whole world to see

Even at that age;
the wonder washed over me.
I studied that script;
I ran my finger, tracing the word.

My wonder for Grandmother is immeasurable.

Funny —
A good son always does
what his mother wants.
A grandson’s heart
desires to please.