Saturday, December 29, 2007

"Neighbors" by David Allan Evans

I'm currently reading Ted Kooser's The Poetry Home Repair Kit and I came across this little gem in the chapter about using details.


They live alone

she with her wide hind
and bird face,
he with his hung belly
and crewcut.

They never talk
but keep busy.

Today they are
washing windows
(each window together)
she on the inside,
he on the outside.
He squirts Windex
at her face,
she squirts Windex
at his face.

Now they are waving
to each other
with rags,
not smiling.

(David Allan Evans, from Train Windows, 1976 Ohio University Press)

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