That’s my boyfriend! she tells us

That’s my boyfriend!” she tells us
as the grey-haired man pushes himself
slowly backward. Using his feet.
The wheelchair moves more easily that way.

I think the world of her,” he says
being careful not to move too quickly
lest he jar his neck brace. (She calls it a halo.”)
Age amplifying his injuries

Her face, aged 91 years, beams as he says this
and suddenly looks exactly
as I imagine it did at age 18
Kind words will do that
Those kind in particular
Especially in this place