Long Distance Dating for the Elderly by Mark Rubin

Long Distance Dating for the Elderly  

                            1

Edith and Ben, two penguins
sit calmly on the edge of an ice floe. 

Edith in a wool neck wrap turns to Ben,
“I feel a chill coming on.”  

                            2

If something bad happened to you
you would call your daughter.

If something bad happened to me
I would call my sister.

If your daughter could not help you
your son would.

If my sister could not help me
I would call you.

You would tell me to call 911.


Mark Rubin has one published book of poems, The Beginning of Responsibility (Owl Creek Press). His poems have appeared in The Gettysburg Review, The Ohio Review, Prairie Schooner, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and The Yale Review and elsewhere. A past recipient of an Academy of American Poets Prize, the Discovery/The Nation Award and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, he lives in Burlington, VT where he is a psychotherapist in private practice.