Stomping in the back porch to knock
the dirt off my boots, there’s too
much wind to work outside on this
gray day, clouds hurrying in from
the north. I make tea thinking you
might be having some about now.
Mine has little flavor and the color
is wrong. Picking up a book, I
wonder what you’re reading. Are
you in your side garden amid those
pink flowering shrubs the color of
worn chenille, walls over-grown
with wild English ivy and honest little
pansies. You’re sitting up straight
on a small cast iron chair, the cats
stretched long on sun-warmed patio
stones, flexing their claws, guarding you
with pretended indifference. Peering
at me through half-closed eyes, not
willing to share you, even in a memory.
Anna Blake at Infinity Farm
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