Arriving at a lunch counter
a waitress was discussing names
with another patron

I listened for awhile,
trying to figure out the direction,
during one of those pauses
when the smile invites you

I asked if they were discussing
pet names or
human names.

The waitress explained she was
due in the end of spring.

I said that was great and
added some of my favorites.
Jiles. Archer. August.
Teri. Simone. Ami.

That was last fall
and the waitress
still weighs
about 115 pounds.

I've never asked

the way
you don't ask
some things.

But I'll always wonder
about the name