He came to the window beside me
rubbing his tough hands on a red rag.

“That’s a neat pattern of shadows
on the snow,” I said, feeling poetic:
“long parallel blue lines.”

He stood, thoughtful, wary, perhaps
of connecting to poetry; he had
his status as a mechanic to uphold.

He had just changed
the rear wheel bearing
on my aging perfect car.

“We had an amazing thing happen
right in that field a few weeks ago:
thousands of snowballs all sizes,
rolled by the wind as if children
had played all night without
leaving a single trace, not a footprint.
It was magical.”

He sighed, retreated to the side
of my aging perfect car.

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Poet, playwright, duplicate bridge player, website designer, cottager, husband, father, grandfather, former athlete, carpenter, computer helper for my friends, theatre designer, backstage polymath, retired teacher of highschool English, drama, art, a baritone singer in a barbershop quartet, who knows what else? wordcurrents is on Facebook: Doug also has a Facebook page, "Incognitio", related to his novels.
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