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One More Kiss Dear

The brown bakelite radio rests on the dark walnut end table
beside my comfy couch.
A warm amber glow emanates from the dial.

The Philco Transitone.
Five glowing vacuum tubes inside.
Made in America after a war had ended nearly 80 years ago.

Bought it over the internet last November.
Best ten dollars ever spent.

Scratchy AM stations is all it tunes.
FM did not exist back then.

Tonight,
Fitzgerald, Armstrong, Sinatra and Nat Cole
croon those tender melodies that once caused grandparents,
like yours and like mine,
to fall in love with each other
for a time.

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