Thursday, June 22, 2006
My Old Porch
In that song, Lyle told me about a
Steaming, greasy plate of enchiladas
With lots of cheese and onions.
Singing that song about his old porch.
I couldn’t think of my old porch that way.
My old porch hung off the house
Like a dead weight, that tongue of cement
Lolling in the front yard.
My old porch cowered like an old dog
Under—well—a porch, in the heat of the day.
It sagged, sighing in puffs of air,
That slatted swing a-barely twitching.
In the storms, my porch huddled in the against the brick
A schoolchild practicing a tornado drill.
But, at night, when the sun advanced and hid behind
The house across the street, then, finally, ran off home,
My old porch dropped its hunched shoulders
The slats of the swing undulating in the
Evening breaths. I’d perch on one step, leaning into
The softening wood post. My old porch held me
Like an old familiar hand.