A lightening

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Image © R L Raymond

Droplets of condensation down
the cheap tin
of the cheap can
residual handprint bleeding water

The vacant chair
threadbare from years of lounging
a scratchy radio in the background
ancient songs
antique sounds

She still nags, chicken-pecking in the kitchen, about this, that, the other thing, almost drowning out the broken music.  What she doesn’t realize is that

He’s gone

After all these years
up and left
beer still cold
chair still warm
no longer there to listen
no longer there to care
or
not
care

He walks down the driveway
smoking a Camel
his other hand flicking the straw
that broke the camel’s back

R L Raymond

From Weakdays

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