suburban lawns


undoubtedly some

would have otherwise stopped

in thought and mid-chatter uncertain

of what purpose he went

under the table

except for a boot untied

above a cup of coffee

a hurried breakfast

eaten between papers

is mostly left


if you know what i mean


what gasoline

an overloaded truck

was needed to fill

with a bed full

and a rack overhead

of garden tools

hung with all imaginable

items needed for tree

cutting to sprinkler pipes and leaf sacks

that would be tied and bundled


if you get my drift


between the dark coffee furniture

overfed cats

and house plants

the only sounds are

wind chimes

distant freeway traffic

and the mowing of suburban lawns


like I’ve been saying



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