Popcorn seems to spill out of his clothes all day long,

and we always find bits of in his bedding, in the rug,

on the kitchen counter, and trailing down the hallway

after every visit. One night, late, the heavenly smell

of fresh popcorn popping awakened me. Listening at

the door of his room, I could hear that chaotic tumult!


Tom Riordan lives in New Jersey. He’s a retired restaurant worker and teacher, and dreams about becoming pope for his next career.

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