Old Ed dined on Saltines and water
and the waitresses took turns being kind
when he yelled, “Over here, honey,”
because he’d lost his wife and daughter
and, along the way, his mind.
He put a flower behind one ear
and sat down to his cracker stew,
gruff and glowering and without money,
and the girls winked, as they came near,
because winking was the
extra bit that they could do.
"Uniontown, 1980" also appears in Yaakov Murchada.