A Poem for a Thursday #96

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I have featured Tony Hoagland before here. I think I like his poetry because it creates such a clear mental picture of the scene he is describing. Maybe that is what I like about poetry in general. It is like a snapshot of an image or an emotion.

She goes out to hang the windchime
in her nightie and her work boots.
It's six-thirty in the morning
and she's standing on the plastic ice chest
tiptoe to reach the crossbeam of the porch,

windchime in her left hand,
hammer in her right, the nail
gripped tight between her teeth
but nothing happens next because
she's trying to figure out 
how to switch #1 with #3.

She must have been standing in the kitchen,
coffee in her hand, asleep,
when she heard it--the wind blowing
through the sound the windchime
wasn't making
because it wasn't there.

No one, including me, especially believes
till death do us part,
but I can see what I would miss in leaving--
the way her ankles go into the work boots
as she stands on the ice chest;
the problem scrunched into her forehead;
the little kissable mouth 
with the nail in it.

Tony Hoagland

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