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
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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