Not Very Long Ago

a man took a cool-looking

tractor and mowed the field of

wildly free weeds (or AKA: August Fire

Hazard) behind our little house in Hanoverton,

Ohio; also chopping up or squashing many ground

hogs, chipmunks or whatever other living creatures

that couldn’t get away, since they had made nice

comfy homes there through almost two years

of neglect, and I know this because a distinct

odor of extinction thickly wafts our way

from time to time when the wind

provides an obliging path.

Almost Gave It All

Almost gave it all

to pass an 18-wheeler

the last in a row of four

all vying to be first

which I didn’t know

until it was too late

 

Decided that 55 was too slow

I revved up and passed

number four who sped up

and number three slowed down

and a vehicle heading toward me

forced my sneak in

between three and four

against their will

Then three suddenly moved out

and passed two

but oncoming traffic

forced him to cut back in early

which forced two to shimmy

swerve over on the shoulder

wiggle back and forth

with me behind taking my last breath

Then four quit speeding up

and three was stuck behind one

who slowed down forcing all of us back to 55

which I, with tears of gratitude in my eyes,

thankful to be alive

decided was a pretty good speed

after all

TR

Recycled or Trash

 

on April Fool’s Day my sister called with a really bad joke

said Dad has liver cancer

my sister cried, though, so it’s no joke

six to twelve months predicted regardless of what they do

while leaving the hospital

Dad saw two bins standing together

one for recyclable trash and one for trash trash

he said, “Next week I’ll know if I end up in the recycled or the trash”

and he laughed

my sister choked, but forced herself to laugh with him

with a Dad who thrives on being kind to our Mom and to everyone else

well, I guess God gave time to get his house in order

to accomplish a want to do list

and I have time to relish every remaining second and to say goodbye

but it’s excruciating losing a beloved, faithful, kind friend

besides Mom and my sister, the only “long-term” friend I’ve ever had