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Poem: After Labor Day

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Posted on September 4, 2016 | Blog Category:
By Gary Margolis



After Labor Day

Maybe it’s because they see my children

waiting for the bus in their new clothes,

kicking stones at each other, raising

 

a dirt road of dust.

Hear my wife shouting for me

to leave meat out to defrost,

 

as we head for our cars

and not the hills. Perhaps they have

calendars in their heads, to remind them

 

of a room full of tables and chairs,

when all of us are gone for the day.

When they can move into the pantry,

 

eat their way into bags, sleep on a rug

of sunshine, serenade themselves

with their own squeaks and clicks. Silence

 

snaking its way. Taking up residence

in a sock. Turning on the crockpot for us.

So we’ll have a meal at the end of the day slowly.

 

So we can say “It looks like they’ve been here

again.” Crickets and mice. A basket

of garden snakes. Green ones.

 

Who don’t have to wait for the school bus.

Who come down from the hills because this is

the work they have to do.     

— Gary Margolis, Cornwall

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