What Work Isn’t

You’re building a machine that turns everything into a joke. Pallets, clotheslines, odd bits of hose. Every project half-finished or never quite begun. How is sodden carpet worth saving? I yank weeds, snatch black plastic mats, and load the wheelbarrow …

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Crab Apples

My doorbell sang till it was as out of breath as you. Between huffs you said, you gotta see this, it’s not too far. Far meant something different then, a journey beyond the concrete teeth of our neighborhood. Far only …

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It’s a simple thing, you weep and though your eyes are silent they don’t reach –what you see is your heart covered with stones that have no mornings either except far off where all mist starts the oceans are grieving …

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Cardinal Call

This afternoon we hung a bird feeder in our back yard to be more neighborly with feathered friends, especially the cardinal we’ve glimpsed.  This evening, in the after dinner calm, I googled “cardinal call” to learn what song these brilliant …

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Swap Shop

Swap Big screen TV for moped. Small wooden antique ladder, trade for police scanner. 96 Ford Windstar minivan for small motorhome, bread truck or Ford Ranger pickup. Antique Kenmore port-able washer, trade for 30.30 Winchester. 715-392-2722. Swap 2-3 young roosters …

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