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12 April 2000 Issue
168 Days

by parogers@mindspring.com 

168 days have passed.

Five new moons.

168 sunrises.

168 sunsets.

The birds came back to the yard

And after endless noisy discussions

decided to stay.

They built their nests;

raised their young.

Lost a few

to hawks

and winds;

to crows

and the neighbor's cats.

But now they seem to be on the move again-

mornings are becoming quieter.

Two doors down

the neighbor's almost ex-wife

has returned.

His teenaged kids

have been sent on their way;

and the chocolate lab

has been exiled to the backyard.

An outdoor kennel

instead of the bedroom rug.

He of the house

and She

seem made for each other.

"Deserving,"

according to our mutual

next door neighbor.

I kind of think he is right;

though I am hard pressed

to say the same about the kids

or the dog.

The winds have more of a bite now.

It will be awhile before they

soothe and lull again.

And it won't be long before

the trees take on the sparseness of modern sculpture.

The rains that replaced the snow

will soon themselves be replaced.

The groundhogs,

no longer thin,

will disappear into their winter rooms.

I suppose the people driving by,

looking at the large maples

and wraparound porch

with requisite swing,

haven't any idea

that the little tuxedo cat

died of old age 168 days ago.

Or that 168 days is not enough time

to remember the right number of bowls

at feeding time.

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