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  • Keith Banner

Kemper Road, Close to the Church

the white door

is scuffed as hell


like somebody tried

multiple times


to kick that sucker in

but it withstood


and the garage doors are

slightly off


like a zipper

that does not zip right


and the smoky orange

nothingness


of the siding

the windows about ready to


drop

the back yard


has lost its

goddamn mind


this old man

out front


little messed-up

dog on a leash


the old man's

hair is like the cotton you pull out of


an aspirin bottle

dismayed


and he's whispering

saying inside his head but it is getting out


poop honey

come on poop


but the dog

is freaked


by traffic

by bugs and birds


and the old man

decides it's just not time


and they both

go back inside the house


to wait

it out





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