White Coat

I saw a man wearing a white coat
out while running errands today
and it reminded me of when
you put on your white coat for me

still a student making rounds
in the thick of med school
and the Louisiana bayou heat

you picked it up off the coat rack
and shrugged it on
somehow trying to reveal a part of yourself
that I never got to see

and I wondered what it would be like
to welcome you home every day
when you could take off this other life
and hang it up by the door