The color of crayons

Was it a planetary influence,
or my own 
behavior?
i evaded the question
somehow
having reached down underneath
my bed
and not having found
them,
i sat up scratching
my scalp
through mussed hair
searched in my closet, in my
dresser draws,
threw in, “Hey, mom, have you
seen them?”
for good measure.

Looked out the front door, what
was that on my
my dad’s 
car’s dashboard?
I ran out into sweltering
heat,
jumped over spoked obstacles
peered through curved 
glass,
there they were
“confusion now, the crayons
masterpiece”
the dashboard looked like 
our dining room table
with multi-colored 
tablecloth,
cleaned them up the best
i could
heard my dad’s voice,
“Let’s go for 
a ride!”

Gee, dad, your car looks great!
i stated while snapping in 
my seat belt,
he said, “Thanks!” as he turned 
the A/C on high…
blizzard blue, mellow yellow
and other 
assorted colors had melted 
into the vents,
i turned up the radio to quiet
the smell
one tattered piece of 
crayon paper
then another, flitted into
his lap
my dad’s speech nearly
burst my ears,
i got grounded for
a week.

 

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of PF flyers and a carport roof

staring down at scuffed sneakers,
shook off wood shavings
 
from a pinewood car,
 
blisters on my hand wrapped around
a crook handle of an umbrella
 
oft times sliced pieces of a child’s
security
 
stuck it on me like chewing gum
stuck to rubber soles;
 
my mom calls out, “what’ya doing
out there?”
 
her voice is a harsh sound in my
hair
 
“nuthin,” i answer
 
my cat retreats quickly under vines 
that have captured part 
 
of carport two-by-fours
and shingles;
 
i look over at a tree with ‘our’ names
carved in bark,
 
an arrow once pointed the way,
i thought of chopping
 
down that oak
 
there i stood at the precipice,
valley floor below
 
as i imagined it;
 
on my way down i wholly relied
on one umbrella
 
to insure a safe landing, but
rather was punched
 
in my stomach by fear;
 
landed with a ‘thud’, PF’s
left a deep impression,
 
grass stains and scuff
marks on levi’s
 
brushed off remains of
dirt in an attempt
 
to fool my mom, but she
always knew
 
the minute she rifled through
my hamper,
 
“i thought i told you not to
throw your dirty
 
clothes in here!”
 
i swear, if i cut off my ears,
i’d hear her
 
through my nose;
 
took my Daisy following day
and pelted one umbrella
 
with BB round shot,
 
threw the bumbershoot in a 
lake where fish wearing 
 
rusted hooks in their mouths 
never seemed to shrug
 
off earthworms,
 
there, half-submerged, sits
alone a failed
 
attempt at air resistance, i
got grounded for a week.
 
 
 
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