When the weather cooperates, my weekend routine includes a walk with my dear friend, Colette, of Used Books in Class. After a winter of snow, cold, and wind, we were happy to walk every day over the Easter weekend.
Our walk takes us through the fairgrounds behind the firehouse, and as we rounded a corner on Saturday morning, this unusual sight caught my eye:
Maxine Greene urged people to see the world with “wide-awake eyes.” Naomi Shihab Nye wrote that “poems hide. In the bottoms of our shoes…” I always share these wise words with my students and try to follow this advice myself. So of course I had to take a picture and write a poem.
A bumper crop of used commodes
Sit in the morning sun.
And although the fair is months away,
They’re ready for some fun.
Outside the information booth,
They form a jagged line,
Looking for the exhibition tent,
Ready for a turn to shine.
Alas, no ribbons will they win;
A sad, cruel fate awaits.
Their usefulness is now long passed.
They are ushered through the gate.
Last stop: the dump.
© Catherine Flynn, 2015
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