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Too Heavy to Lift

Walk the isles of a grocery store chain
Pay for food you need to cook
Carry and unload the groceries
What a pain!
They ask “paper or plastic”?
You answer “plastic please”
Because you see
You have no choice
You gotta use plastic
Just to be able
To carry groceries
Inside your house
Can’t manage no paper sacks
Cane in one hand
Climbing your steps
Carrying bags
One step at a time
Not much energy left
Not much grip
Cant bend down
Bags go on the stoop
You unlock your door
Carry them inside
Like a relay race
Sitting groceries on the floor
Too heavy to lift
All the way up to the kitchen counter
So you brace your stand
To unpack your load
Sorting & finding storage space
And after all that
You cook your own evening meal
Even when you simply feel like hell
But then you are all you got
And really. . .
there
is
no
backup

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Powerhouse Restless

George’s
Powerhouse or Jose’s
Supper is a dinner mealtime
Happy hour
Need a drink
On the way to a poetry read
Nightbirds Books on
Dickson Street
Downtown Fayetteville
A little turning leaf to redefine ~
Emitting some other time
Quarter glass of left over carafe Promising sips
Single table for one
Late afternoon light streams
Sun tries to hide in the haze
But can’t ~
Brick & mortar
Separates
High ceilings
Lowers
Hanging lights
Relishes
Moving ceiling fans
Lingers
Sports bar
Listening
Kentucky made it into
Final four basketball
March madness
Food tax at $1.35
Wine tax only $1.80
Meal $12.95
Pay your parking by the hour
Then a wine tax on top of that
When complete sign the bill
Drink down the rest of wine
Finding the exit
Time for next
But itching & tired
Pulled to find the new
Restless
Uncorked
Unbound
Fighting to stay!

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All On Your Own

Just try face’n
Life on your own
I mean totally
On your own
Gritting
Incredible courage
To make your day
Lucky you
Thank God
At least you have a safety net
After working 25 years as
A hospital nurse
And ruining your back
Yes, left with a social security check
But, no pension or retirement for you
No health care guarantee
Disabled after
Being a Care Giver for your mother with Alzheimer’s for nine years
All on your own
Still believe’n
You were
Young
Once
Thirty years ago