The Ramingo’s Porch – “We Get By” And Other Poems By Bill Gainer

We Get By

She still knows how
to flash a smile.

Once –
straight, tall
walks with a cane
these days.

a bit slumped anymore.
Not as strong
as I used to be
but still got the
to hold the door
help her set a table
make the bed.

The rent’s paid
laundry folded
now and then
there’s a bit extra
for the movies
a bag of popcorn
a cold drink.

For the most part
we get by.

The Stranger

The old man’s
just a picture
kept in a trunk.
That’s all I know of him.

Sure, I makeup stories.
He never gets to be the hero.
I don’t remember him
that way.

Just a stranger
coming and going
never said much
and when he did
it was with

Counting Kills

I’ve never thought
of a balloon
as a toy …
entertainment maybe.
The best part of which
is the popping
and sometimes
waiting for one
to disappear
into the clouds.
if an airplane
ever hit one
and if the pilot
remembering the war
still paints insignias
across his fuselage

Bill Gainer is a storyteller and award winning poet. He earned his BA from St. Mary’s College and his MPA from the University of San Francisco. He is the publisher of the PEN Award winning R. L. Crow Publications and is the ongoing host of Red Alice’s Poetry Emporium (Grass Valley, CA). Gainer is internationally published in such journals and magazines as: The Huffington Post, Sacramento News and Review, The Tule Review, the Oregonian, Chiron Review, Sacramento Bee, Cultural Weekly, and numerous others. His latest book is: The Mysterious Book of Old Man Poems. Visit him in his books, at his personal appearances, or at his website:

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