Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Drivers

I am going to rent 2001 and see it again. It's time.

Yesterday's morning driver
Fed me cookies
Do you like cookies?
He asked
When I got in the cab.
The evening driver
Knew everything 
 Medical
His name was
Dave
It had me thinking
Of 2001, A Space Odyssey
And the computer
All the way home.
I knew everything
About his life
By the time
We arrived.
Dave
Dave
Dave
Said Hal
I wonder when the drivers
Start to repeat.



Monday, June 18, 2018

Ants

This guy was good. We let ants live outside. Outside is their territory.

He rang the doorbell
Three times
Ants
I see ants
He said
Do you have ants
In the house?
On occasion
I said.
We can help you
Get rid 
Of the ants.
He quoted
A slightly lower price
Each time.
Ants.
We have a theory
About ants
I said.
Our theory
Is that ants belong
Outside
We let them be
Outside.
Inside
Is ours.
49 dollars
he said

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Plants

Some strange sculpture,

The lessons today
Were all
About plants,
Much like this weekend
Was
All about plants
God deciding
What would grow
What would fade
Us not the ones
In charge
Of such things.
We dug out
The dead elderberry,
Planted
A mock orange
In its place.
The elderberry roots
Look like
Some strange sculpture.
We will keep it
As a reminder
We are not
In charge.
We will nurture
The mock orange
See what happens.
Still
We are not
In charge.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

I claim every single gray hair

It's important to look back as well as forward. And learn.

I claim
Every single
Gray hair.
How else
Would I know
What to say?
I want credit
For every single year
Of life
For every single year
Of living
Awake
Or unconscious.
If anyone had told me
I would know
What I know now
I might have
Rolled my eyes.
I remember
My two year old son
Learning to roll his eyes
From me.
We all have talents
Learned
Or innate.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Learning

Learning how to be part of the ADA system. Everyone has his or her own opinion.

Each driver
Wants to tell me
How the system works
Expect everyone
To be late
Unless of course
They are early.
In four rides
I've had both.
My walker
With a seat
and bell
Lets me
Soak up
The sun
Unless it's raining
Then I sit under
An umbrella.
So far
It's been sun
And mist.


Thursday, June 14, 2018

Foto foto fun fun floater

What was your first job?

My first job
Was in a photo booth
In a grocery store.
I introduced myself
to customers.
I said
Please take a brochure
To help you
Take better pictures
This summer.
I wore
An orange and yellow
Polyester dress.
I went from store
To store
Filled in
For those
Who had called in
Sick.
It is amazing
I lasted as long
As I did.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Journeys

I am grateful I did not begin life in a dresser drawer.

Journeys:
They are meant
To continue
Mother's
Father's
Arms and beyond.
Some begin life
Cradled
In a dresser drawer
Some
In a soft swaddle
Rocking
Rocking
Rocking
Journeys:
They are best meant
To begin
Someplace soft
So before hard times
Come
We know
Someplace soft
Exists
And hard
Is not all
There is.
Journeys:
Soft and hard
and soft again.