rv park

  1. The unfortunate mouse and the fan
  2. Awnings, storms–fun with the wind
  3. Propane gas fails–before breakfast, before dawn
  4. Mud daubers, rain, rumbles on the roof
  5. Evil overloads–snap, snap, snap, went the breakers
  6. Blinding sunrises, through bedroom windows, in my eyes
  7. Afraid of the dark neighbors with searchlight, night lights
  8. Couldn’t sleep–thin walls knew no secrets
  9. Winter sucked, frozen hoses, cold noses–Baby it’s cold inside
  10. I felt the earth move–with every step you took


overgrown barn

Pigeons roosted each night
Swallows nested over the door
Ruts from parked cars healed
Lush, green grass revealed
Memories faded from that day
The pain never went away

Auctioneer’s cajoled, hollered
Pride, dignity, sold for dollars
Family members worked the crowd
Hid, what they couldn’t say out loud
Somehow, all was well
Only time would tell

Rough hands that tilled the soil
Became tired from years of toil
Inner fires burned no longer
A family’s dream died that day
By pen stroke, signed away
The meadowlark still flew
Killdeer cried as if they never knew


–Image from Mike’s Look at Life,” original title “Overgrown Barn”

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