splash of red

michael, who’s nearly the same size as me
insists on lifting the very non-portable
underwood typewriter
(beige/brown metal with
green/beige plastic keys)
into the truck
for transporting to casita #3
______
what i guess to be a woodpecker
based on it’s longish sharp bill
the splash of red
and speckled feathers
lands ten feet from me perched
on the internet bench
where i statue as best i can
in the name of getting a close look
_______
partner in crime mara says of our
wool festival adventuring
as we stand in view of the yellowing
the gold coins of aspen leaves
flickering in the sun
_______
wherein i stare at the sun-golding wall for hours
missing my missouri friends
and all the fields of cane they’ve
bled and sweated and laughed in
(haaaay mica!)
_______
manuel and i laughing about
suntanning (fully dressed in jeans and a sweater)
in a patch of porch-fallen sun

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