Sunday, April 17, 2011

National Poetry Month 2011, Day #17: Painting the Fences

trying to redirect
the bullies' negative energy
with mundane neighborhood chores

like painting the fences

then once a year
spending a month
picking off the paint

spring grass frosted
but has it been days or months
since wintertime

exposing the wood
so its grain
betrays its age

eventually gathering the bullies again
for a fresh coat
and who wears a coat
in the summertime

resisting the temptation
to call the weather seal
a finish

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