Uncertain teeth, corkscrew hair, ready laugh.
Staccato speech: you tell me my Spanish is half
as good again as your own.
Yet you speak of economics,
and heartily wished for tonics
for the building trade.
Uncertain words, spastic verbs, hearty laugh.
Ambiguous jokes: I tell you I wish I could have
spoken better to
another fond recipient
of my garbled and insistent