3.31.2014

Yard Work

Pardon me
while I step out for a moment;
I need some fresh air
for my Grievances.
Got this spot out back
where I confront Dark Things,
propping them in a corner
facing the stockade fence
wearing their Dunce caps.
I guard my Complaints,
patrolling before them,
brandishing my spade,
ensuring their compliance
with the terms of their Banishment.

A friend wrote to tell me how much he enjoyed this poem in my book SUPERPOWERS or: More Poems About Flying. He referred to it as "a perfect (barely) Spring poem," so I thought it might be a good time to share it here again. C’mon, sister Spring, you can do it!

9 comments:

  1. Yes, I agree with your friend. Your extended metaphor is amazingly accurate. Spring renovations in the garden and dealing with niggling complaints have surprisingly many things in common.

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  2. Ha. this is so clever and so well-realized. I need some fresh air for my grievances too -- they are unlike plants in that they possibly wilt in sun, though they certainly feed off of my CO2. Thanks, Marian. K.

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  3. Love the plainspoken feel of this poem - plus it made me smile.

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  4. Totally relate, here! And I love your use of capitalization to provide focus, emphasis, meaning.

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  5. I've been looking at the messes in my yard, literally, lately. I have a spade but I'm not very good at using it. I'm better at dreaming of flying.
    My messes not so literal? I'd rather not be thinking of them. I cover them with a piece of canvas.
    ..

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    1. yes, well you really get my point, Jim! :)

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  6. I was thinking about a hard rake. Love the image of dunce caps. http://www.looseleafnotes.com/2014/03/20274/

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  7. ah, thank you, dear people! finally, finally, it feels like spring has arrived here. i might even be inspired to do some patrolling in the backyard this weekend. :)

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