Wednesday, November 21, 2007

BEFORE THANKSGIVING

bald & grizzled with bent back
bifocals scratched
in blue Dickies oil-smudged
wrestles and groans the
generator to the lift on
his truck.

prim with wool cap
tight jacket fits neat clothes
heels slacks hoists scrambling
toddler to the carriage
legs jangling, smiles through
teeth set, winces, while
clerk air-tickles teases pretty child.

shoppers gape point at
frozen butterball turkeys spilling in case
one by one lug them off in
their arms
tomorrow’s feasty family dinner.

carry these heavy loads today,
tomorrow maybe they’ll be lighter.

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