lived in/funny how it snowed/dandelion pepper

A Poem By Madeline // 3/30/2013

lived in

the countertops are a far cry from what most consider clean
littered with a butter wrapper and slices of cheese
and crackers
potatoes dance in the microwave, sixteen seconds to go
late-night chicken sizzles in the oven that has sown
many a meal in its day
THE HELP sits on the table cracked open, spine slumping
forth to greet the striped tablecloth
a kettle bursts with tea
water; right now it's boiling for hot coca
which she'll get to in a minute
as soon as she finishes writing
about what a kitchen looks like
when it's lived in

funny how it snowed

there's nothing like the feel of air that
caresses
no jacket needed-
pack away the mittens, gloves
to some forgotten place
and push open the windows:
breathe
the smell of gas is faint
blown away
by the wind before it
has time to settle
and the flag is hung
waving wildly to passersby
the neurotic dog is
watching
through the window
and it's maybe a bit
chilly
but nothing you can't deal with
in fact,
this fifty-degree day
is just right

funny
how it was snowing
at the start of the week

dandelion pepper

our yard is a beautiful wasteland
blanched in straw (-bale gardening)
and, in summer, peppered with dandelions
that look more spring than weedy
-which we pull from the ground and feast on
like pioneers (maybe?)
not sure...i am never sure...
but always hoping
and right now
the grass has nary a pesticide
(never has)
we avoid those yellow flags
and opt for an American one
which sways from the porch
Paris; Italy
my mind is full of these places
but here, on this porch
is as far as I dare to venture
for now.

Comments

My favorite-

My favorite was the first one, I loved it sooooo much. But I liked all three of them! SO FABULOUS!

Kassady | Sun, 03/31/2013

"Here's looking at you, Kid"
---
Write On!

I like all three of these :)

I like all three of these :) you evoked very clear, happy images in all of them.

Erin | Mon, 04/01/2013

"You were not meant to fit into a shallow box built by someone else." -J. Raymond

Ahh, I loved them -

- but ESPECIALLY the kitchen one! So magnificent and vivid. I was definitely "there"...and it felt so homey, too!

Sarah Bethany | Thu, 04/04/2013

The kitchen was the clearest

The kitchen was the clearest picture in my mind, and I smiled so much at the end of it. Oh, writing. :) "dandelion pepper" did come in close second!

Anna | Sun, 04/07/2013

I have hated the words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right. --The Book Thief

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