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  • Forget Love and War…
    find Ernest Hemingway
    write about white elephants
    memorize the way crows argue

    high in eucalyptus trees
    swaying leaves frantic “caw caw”
    the smell of burnt tobacco and popcorn
    in the distance a radio announcer

    a leather ball cracks against hickory wood
    the soft growl of lawn mower
    there are always colors, red, orange, yellow
    cold beer, cold bottle of beer here

    now batting for the Minnesota Twins
    number three Harmon Killebrew
    stories start in the middle of the middle

    the first thing Bonnie told Wilson
    about 11:30 a.m. at the Circus Circus bar
    was that she kept a loaded
    .357 magnum under her pillow

    stories need people like Carl
    his blue tweed cap, the Krazy Kat button
    just above the bill over his left eye
    selling newspapers, scarf around his neck

    cars jabberwocky on the lawn
    a couple strolls among them
    a white railing, the paint worn
    meaning born within details

    chipped the railing must be chipped
    furniture gouges sudden, deep
    we moved in two decades ago
    two missing panes of blue glass

    the sun rises red, orange, yellow
    over the trees and the Johnson’s home
    across the street, kids grew up
    sounds changed slowly as wheels grew
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