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The Man Who Lived on the Crooked Lane

Tags: crooked yellow

There is a man who lives slantingly
with an uneven sky between
crooked Venetian blinds

Has a Yellow dog that
half yawns & half wags
walks sideways like a
sidewinder snake

Lampshades leaning
gaping open 
on one side exposing
dusty linen & dust bunnies

A china set from the 70s
of brown & yellow flowers
stacked sensibly
in crooked cabinets

Memories of many 
women & children
who came & went there
are buried in the backyard

Along with the handprint 
of my daughter
in the sidewalk
& the year 2011 
spelled out with
sea shells 

Clucking black chickens 
lay eggs in the overgrown garden
hasn't been tilled in years
wiry weeds growing between
the dilapidated fence

The lanai still has his
toilet bowl planter
& dingy wooden windchimes
keepsakes from
three relationships ago
spanning twenty years

One day he'll move away
from the crooked lane
or die there with his
crumbling knick knacks
& unraveling wicker chair
propped up on one side
with a cement block

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The Man Who Lived on the Crooked Lane


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