Pull

The sign said ‘Pull’
But I didn’t read.

The earth said ‘Danger’
But I didn’t listen.

The man said ‘Hate’
And too many obeyed.

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Morning Routine

I rise
Eyes puffy slits
Bladder bursting.

I shuffle
Or rather stagger
Toward the coffee maker.

The magic caffeine
Brings me alive
And I’m a puppy again.

Hello! Want to play?

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A Beautiful Day

The snow piles higher and higher
The temperature drops lower and lower.
The tea kettle fills cups meant
To sit beside a blanket and a book.
It’s a beautiful day to
Make a snowman,
Take a photo,
Simmer homemade soup,
And breathe the icy crisp of winter
Into warm lungs fill of life.

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I Want to Know

I want to know
Why the truth doesn’t matter.
I want to know
How owls can turn their heads so far.
I want to know
Why love is hard to keep.
I want to know
If too much Starbucks in one day is fatal.
I want to know
Where all my money went.

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Favorites

Keeping warm.

Oh, yes, she knew all his favorites. Favorite dinner. Favorite dessert. Favorite sweater. Favorite Netflix movie. Favorite brand of beer. Favorite spot for the coffee cup. She knew all those things and gave him all those things. It wasn’t enough. He still beat her.

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The Peaches

The peaches cling
Stubbornly
To their pits.

Their skins pocked
And picked
By birds and ants.

They fill a bowl
Higher
Higher,

Until the
Peachy goodness
Mounts to pie level.

Get the sugar
Make a crust
Bake it up.

Yum.

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Summer Holidays

Fireworks 3

Our first summer,
Do you remember that one?
We lived down by the river
And caught fish for the 4th?
Remember that old tub
We filled with ice and watermelon?
We put a blanket on the grass
And watched the fireworks.
We chased grasshoppers in
The weeds behind the house.
When everyone was gone and
The night was quiet
We lay on the blanket all night long,
Just the two of us
In love.

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Ripe

strawberry

I watched and watered,
Watched and watered.
Turned leaves and looked
At blooms and tiny white buds.
The plants were tended with
Love and anticipation.

Finally, in late spring,
When the rains had come
And the sun shone bright,
The plants gave back a reward
Ripe and red and sweet.
Worth the wait. Worth the wait.

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Tree

I love to plant a tree
In each home
Where I live.

I love to plant a tree
And watch it root
Into the earth.

I love to plant a tree
So I can visit it
When I visit former homes.

I love to plant a tree
And know the world
Is happier because of it.

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Fuzzy

I love my fuzzy robe,
It keeps me toasty warm,
It cradles me to sleep,
As unwatched TV shows flicker by.

I love my fuzzy robe,
It gives me distinction
Because I look just like
Oscar the Grouch in it.

I love my fuzzy robe,
The ample belt
Can circle my ample middle,
To keep me tightly wrapped.

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