Dogs 2014

RAKING LEAVES IN THE DARK
(11/22/14)


he told
her
that hearing
of her marriage
was more
freeing

more
cause
for relief

than their
divorce
had ever been

she didn't
have much
to say
about that

he smiled
about it
as he stood
at the top
of the ladder
and cleaned out
the gutters
in anticipation
of rain
the next day

the backyard
patio drains
would clog
flooding the garage
if he didn't
take care
all of the
Fall debris
from the house
and the lawn

back from work
after sunset
night ops
were the only
option

his neighbor
said hello
with a question mark
in her voice
as she arrived home
and saw him standing
in the shadows

they had all
treated him differently
since his wife
had left

he was probably
just reinforcing
their concerns

when eleven
leaf bags were filled
and carefully stacked
on the curb
his task
was finished

he brushed
himself off
and went
into the house
grateful
not to hear
the impatient
sighs
and toe tapping
that had always
welcomed him
when he disrupted
his ex's schedule

not hungry
yet
he decided
to go
for a walk

he had
no idea
what else
to do
with himself