Tuesday, January 6, 2009

October (a)

October (a)


That man,
who accepted the stolen TV with a wink,
will run into a burning mobile home
next spring
to rescue an old woman.

The woman in the Volvo,
weaving in traffic
while furtively talking on her cell phone,
peels 20 pounds of potatoes each Friday evening
to take home fries to the shelter
every Saturday morning.

And even I, who was so rude to the clerk this morning,
have been known
to bring flowers
to the bereaved.

- -Ellen Skagerberg

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