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Hard Work

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Hard Work

There is laughter to comfort, the old house again
Debate filters in, from the group in the kitchen
The four walls seem to juggle between two strong opinions
Now the girls against boys, with quite different versions
They shuffle their cards and argue who won,
They are laughing, and shouting, in a light masquerade...

Dipping crackers and chips in the onion laced cream
smacking their lips, and drinking their cokes
then betting a few of the red plastic discs,
that will ante this round 
...I listen with pleasure, holding on to this sound...

   This laughter, is long overdue,.......
                     Let us cling to the mood...

Now it's a new game they find,
Monopoly, perhaps? 
No, charades it will I let up the shade
to watch the evening turn umber and rust,
as earth swallows dusk, which is fading away

From my window, I am hoping to see 
geese flying back from their warm winter homes
All seems normal, routine, once again

Winter near gone and a new spring begins
How will it be now, this journey, untried,?
As we hide, wearing smiles, wearing pride on our sleeves
Smiles, numbed with grief, that still hides deep inside 

Warm days are arriving......and there is talk on the hill 
where tall pines trees are whispering, 
reminding the creek, and the ash trees are greening
and katydids will call out condolences in the dark

Soon again, when the lark sings,  wet grass will need tending
stacks of shutters will need painting,
and snow will yet need to be pushed aside

How will they cope..?
He's not here to do it...but somehow we hope
they will wade their way through it..

But for now , at a kitchen table
for brief moments, they are able
to laugh, argue...while someone declares "I won"..

Joy is hard work too...but it needs to be done 


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  1. Date: 10/29/2013 5:40:00 PM
    Congrats on your win! I really enjoyed reading! blessings, Stacey

  1. Date: 10/23/2013 1:01:00 PM
    Hi Carrie, :):):) Enjoyed your free verse win.......... Love ~SKAT~

  1. Date: 10/23/2013 10:30:00 AM
    Congrats on your winning work..Way to go!!!Sara

  1. Date: 10/22/2013 10:38:00 AM
    Congrad's on your win free verse is a favorite form of mine. Light & Love

  1. Date: 10/22/2013 10:13:00 AM
    very well crafted poem Carrie...congrats on your win with this gem :)

  1. Date: 10/22/2013 7:01:00 AM
    excellent Carrie congrats on a fine win Shadow x smile

  1. Date: 10/21/2013 12:46:00 PM
    Wow, such a poignant last line. Thank you for the lovely glimpse into that lively room. Congrats on your win :)

  1. Date: 10/21/2013 11:56:00 AM
    Excellent piece, very creative! big congratulations on your win friend Carrie. Cheers!! hugs

  1. Date: 10/21/2013 9:51:00 AM
    So glad to see happiness and routine entering your household again my friend...LOVE the tone of this with the brief moments of joy cherished in times of grief...Beautifully done and congrats - Tim

  1. Date: 10/21/2013 9:22:00 AM
    Great Entry! Grats on the first place win! CTB

  1. Date: 10/20/2013 11:08:00 PM
    congrats Carrie on your win.

  1. Date: 10/20/2013 10:34:00 PM
    Yes joy does take work but it is there and worth searching for. This is a wonderful poem. I like rhyming poetry but I can read yours without missing the rhyme. Congratulations on a marvelous win. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 10/20/2013 10:18:00 PM
    Congrats on the first place win, Carrie

  1. Date: 10/20/2013 10:05:00 PM
    Congratulations, Carrie! Nice win... Jack

  1. Date: 10/20/2013 9:08:00 PM
    Carrie, CONGRATULATIONS!!! Thanks for supporting my "FREE VERSE" contest <----- Had fun reading your WIN!! If you'd like:-) Enjoy my latest blog! "THE FOOL" :) AT -----> xoxox-------take care & enjoy your coming week. <3 Linda <3

  1. Date: 3/15/2013 9:25:00 AM
    Carrie, I'm not a big fan of most free verse, but you are definitely an exception! Congratulations!

  1. Date: 3/14/2013 6:14:00 PM
    Carrie, this sounds like the all American kitchen table....congrats....great job....donna

  1. Date: 3/12/2013 7:38:00 AM
    congrats on ur win!!

  1. Date: 3/11/2013 4:07:00 PM
    Wonderful and beautiful piece,Carrie..Congrats on your superb win in this contest..

  1. Date: 3/11/2013 12:17:00 PM
    This has a little bit of everything...mystery, sadness, changing seasons...I think it's just great! Congrats!