Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Declutter and Renewal: A Memory...

The Power Mower
                                   by Emalou King 

It’s a white house    with green shutters    on a corner lot
A pine tree in the front   a plum tree in the back    a hedge on the side
The white picket fence painted every three years   the lawn mowed every week.

The long orange cord trails behind my Father   hangs across the kitchen windowsill
Plugs into the outlet   I am afraid   what if he runs over the cord
Will it hurt him    I watch from my bedroom window    just in case.

Perfectly straight    row after row   around the trees     under the hammock
Dad stops    empties the bag   lights his camel cigarette    spits tobacco off his tongue
He lifts his foot   wipes the damp blades of grass from his shoe   on the back of his pants leg.

Mother brings a glass of pink lemonade    stands in adoration    while he tips his head back
He wipes his mouth with the back of his hand    says aaaaaahhhh   and    thanks her
Then he plows down 19 peony bushes   shooting stems and blossoms   onto the sidewalk.

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