like amateurs

is that going in the details?
trish asks about my breakfast desert dessert
(a small puddle of
sandhill maple syrup
on plastic flower-print plate
sopped up with
grandmother’s navajo bread
_______
cheese ration check in and the
who-knows-when-we’ll-get-a-ride
for our very definite dec 23rd train ticket departure
neverending joke
_______
keith jokes about me
tying my boots for
20 minutes
after i’ve slipped my feet into them
at 9 when grandmother announces
that we’ll go out at 9:30 instead

_______
what are you going to do
for new year’s keith asks
fly to another state
and herd sheep?
_______

we really looked like amateurs out there
i tell trish regarding our encounter with
alton (grandmother’s son)
who ran into us
and the crowd of
stubborn thirsty sheep milling about
_______
after that trying last hour
with sheep who found no water
and how refused to listen
i suggest a power-up
(which trish doesn’t really get / like)
and then we do the rocketship, the turkey, the snail
followed by a plain old hi-five
outside the sheep pen

_______

perched at grandmother’s side
near the stove i show her the pages
of the mesa mini
pointing to the drawings
and saying what they are
in english eventhough
she doesn’t understand
the colors/lines translate
_______
i’m really going to make
dessert quesadillas tonight
trish says gonna turn on that propane
and do it right

 

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