Dogs 2007

MAN AT WORK
(2/23/07)


I found it
on eBay
while looking
for something
completely
different

a lighted
gas station sign
one you might find
hanging in the window
of a working establishment
announcing to everyone
its iconic intent

it also
happened to display
the same oil company
from which my mother
had retired
some 10 months
before she
died

the sign seems
most appropriate
hanging in
the same room
with my music
and limited
exercise gear

after long
dormant days
in well lit spaces
I crave dim environs
physical activity
and very
loud
music

the sign
permeates the room
with a soothing
blue glow
illuminating
just enough
to keep me from
slipping a grip
on a dumbbell
or racking myself
on the rowing
machine

it causes
me to smile
a reminder
of the fascination
that I have always held
for filling stations
as well as
giving me
another reason
(if an any additional
were really needed)
to think
of Mom

AMOCO - Mechanic On Duty