keeping up the appearances.

Ron delivered pizza w/ us,
but he was not like us.
He had 2-3 decades on me.
Crown balding.
Sports shorts, Polo shirts,
sandals w/ white socks—
His wife dressed him, we learned.

He was a kept man,
a castrated man.
Ron had some college in ‘im.
His wife was a high school librarian,
& he hosted Avon parties, took the kids
to ballet practice, softball games.

He delivered food in the family SUV.

He & the wife were always
sniffing the armpits of
the upper class.

They had a decent place
near the lake & Ron would steal
the best deliveries w/ the best tippers,
to support his fancy pad, to support
the appearance,
when your back was turned.