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The lights have been turned on
in the attic
Someone has flipped the switch
cobwebs, caster oil, crutches
newsprint and cheap china
Which I'm hesitant to touch
least it falls apart in my hands or
cracks like the blue Robin eggs
I once tried to store in my pocket.

I know I should begin cleaning
but I dread the cobwebs
and I'm allergic to the dust (I tell myself)
that's been layering for fifty years 
I am
by the invention of
long lasting light bulbs, showing me around
no, they wont burn out anytime soon
and I will open a window
letting in the city sounds
that drown out the adults 
fighting downstairs 
distracting me from my chores.

Copyright © Patrick Boyle | Year Posted 2016


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  1. Date: 4/26/2016 7:03:00 AM

    Patrick, LONG LOST LIGHTBULB... Even though you have this under narrative, I find myself enjoying the alliteration. Makes the poem flow wonderfully. The Attic sounds good. :) Love SKAT
  1. Date: 4/24/2016 10:53:00 AM

    Brother this is fantastic. You're quite a talent.
  1. Date: 4/19/2016 7:07:00 AM

    When you become as old as I am, you will know why I hate cleaning up. Plain laziness.