Two Great Pumpkins

On the back porch, on a gorgeous, mild, summer afternoon

the husband and I sat on a step together and each carved a face on our own pumpkin

Tried different knives, screwdrivers, saws

Learned how to scrape out the messy innards without making too big a mess

Bits of pumpkin entrails scattered around in spite of diligence

Laughed at our individual decisions in face design

Carved—cleaned—chuckled—pleasurable camaraderie

Proudly transported our masterpieces around to the front porch

Placed them side by side, one larger than the other

Looked forward to lighting candles inside them after dusk

A proud statement saying, “In this house live one large pumpkin and one small pumpkin.”

TR

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