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  • The Termination

    I could live in this house where the mailbox bends into the wind,
    its door hanging wide open;
    where blistered paint falls off in flakes
    and liters dirt that turns to mud that spatters the foundation;
    with the twisted road, rutted and gnarly;
    it leads to a screened backdoor
    that hangs by a lone hinge;
    with posts that slant on a sagging porch;
    the shutters suspended that slap in the storms on the cruelest of nights;
    a leaning lamppost whose light has long gone out;
    and silent gardens lonely for Sweet William;
    a house whose windows hang crooked in sashes,
    that frame a bee bordered road.

    I can live in this house,
    its big leather baggage packed tight with fists,
    the stuff thrashing and screaming to get out,
    but snapped shut just in time,
    that broods behind a shadow
    kicked up by a funnel of dust
    all the way down through the holler.

    I will live in this house of un-swept corners
    and breathe
    soft and easy
    and feel the warmth that seeps through the drafty old rafters
    that swell and get pummeled by hail
    but soothe me
    like a warm woolen shawl.

    Pamela Wilonski

    Loons mate for life and travel in pairs.
    This lone loon painting is the talent of my dear friend, Dyann Zusi.
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