Monday, May 22, 2017

ALL AS ONE ~








Quit School






The workers

each one

smiling

talking

joking

faces

in the

sun




the boss 

listens

grimaces

worries

can’t wait

to get

back to

work










He’s Our Son






He’s our son

I’m very proud of him

especially today



he’s come out to work with me

in the woods, along the river

on an island damaged by flood



he’s been gone from home 7 years

been married & divorced

rebuilt his life, now a new girl



he’s also becoming overweight in

a little episode of life we can all make fun

of since he could slide it off in a matter of



weeks, he’s young! out of shape for

the work we are doing — lugging firewood

off this island, across bedrock, fording a creek



and then climbing up stone stairs of the river bank

to the road and dumping our loads countless times

into the back of the pickup truck



countless times, all morning, and it’s all over

his great young man face when he looks at me all

sweaty when we’re done and he exclaims “Jesus!”






Picking His Spots





There’s nothing like coming to bed

on a late summer rainy night



and my love is dead asleep with the rain

and the big male cat is



asleep on my side






All As One






We brought home the wood  —

it’s a tradition older than these hills

we brought it from



—————————————

Bob Arnold
BEAUTIFUL   DAYS
Longhouse











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