Untimely

Between the clothes line
And the oak tree
Be careful of Bo;
A dead cowboy
That hunts little Indians

It has never been difficult
To get the kids out of the house,
Whether its last one out is a rotten egg
Or Bo,
An imaginary ghost

I stand by the bedroom window
And watch their silliness unfold

I think about my own childhood:
Sprinting through the sprinklers
With a mouthful of Sour Worms,
Stealing my sister’s diary
But never really understanding
What she wanted,
Playing Snap & Go Fish
Quickly changing the rules before a big upset
And my many tennis games against the side of the house
Where I played Sampras & Agassi.
I won every time.

I stand by the bedroom window
And watch their brilliance unfold

I turn to a list that is on the table
The tasks are complete;
I fixed every owing bill,
I changed every broken light bulb,
I re-hinged the back door –
I even tore away
All the carpet
To keep the promise
Of glossy floorboards

I sit on the bed
And face the hardest moment
That life has put on me.
I’m to make love
For the last time
With my wife -
A true architect;
She built a world around me.
Once a lonely walker,
Taken in as a husband.
It is now time to say
Goodbye.

Untimely

Bobby  Jewel

Joined March 2010

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