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THE SHADY SPOT

THE SHADY SPOT

He parked his car in the shade,

Reminded him of forest glade…

On land

He once had in hand,

So recently sold away.

So peaceful was it there

With pine-cone scented air….

Princess pine,

Oak leaves to recline

On to mosquitoes share!

Walking through the wood

For years did him good…

Sandy soil,

Healing oil

That softened a hard life’s flood.

Manage it he tried

Until the dream died…

Couldn’t afford

The room and board,

Can’t make the taxes, they cried.

Eight years beyond getting out,

Their broker gave a shout…

The place’s sold,

That woodland gold–

They were officially “without”.

He parked in this shady place,

Lit up from the smile on his face….

Reminding of

Their time of love

And working that wonderful space.

–Jonathan Caswell

BACK IN THE COTTAGE

BACK IN THE COTTAGE

 

Back in our cottage a few years ago

We couldn’t keep up with the land…

The lawn grew up and the house ran down,

The whole thing got out of hand.

My wife was sicker and just couldn’t work

While my hours were limited in pay…

We couldn’t handle the finances more,

So we had to move away.

Some weeks it feels now like it did then

With dunning letters of urgent demand…

I’m clueless as to how we’ve gotten behind,

It feels like recurrent quicksand.

We know about budgets and trying not to splurge,

Somehow it goes out of control…

Even our tax refunds just melted away

We are stunned by this economy’s toll.

 

–Jonathan Caswell