The Linnet's Wings Summer 2014 - Page 77

We watched from out of sight As she furiously swept away Specks of dust no one else could see Slammed shut cabinets that wouldn't remain shut When slammed. Listened to her raspy detailing of grievances Addressed to objects that could not talk back The broom the obstinate cabinets The space between the floor tiles Harboring those particles. Grievances about the Contractor who left too much space Between the floor tiles Didn't use enough ground About her husband -- our father -- who Never exercised appropriate authority Joked with the plumber Befriended the roofer Who then cut corners and ripped them off About her children Who hadn't learned how to Read her mind. Yet we knew when circumstances demanded That we abandon our watch Seek a safer vantage point to resume our vigil Until her next sudden and even more striking Transformation When at last The eagerly anticipated guests Arrived.