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Arlene Weiner: Experiment in Living

Not as a man, but like a man:
in a two-room cabin
with pegs where I’d hang
five shirts, two pairs of pants.

A peacoat, watch cap. Boots and galoshes
by the door. A dog leash.
Curtainless windows and certainly
no ruffled pillows piled on the bed.

Worktable on trestles. By accident
of schooling I already know
Phillips-head screwdriver,
ball peen hammer, rip and crosscut saw.

I’ll have a power saw too, power drill,
make a kitchen shelf for an assortment of cans,
black beans and WD-40 among them,
put up a pendulum clock. Spend my money
on a weather station and high octane.

And like a man, I’ll write a book about it,
Where I Went and Why I Went There,
Seven Steps to the Simple Life,
or What I Think and Feel and Why You Should Care.

copyright Arlene Weiner 2016

4 comments on “Arlene Weiner: Experiment in Living

  1. berolahragapanahan
    April 11, 2016



  2. Charlie Brice
    April 11, 2016

    Terrific poem from a wonderful poet. Love the imagery and the satire at the end. Bravo!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Ellen Foos
    April 11, 2016

    Arlene is a rock star!

    Liked by 1 person

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