Early Evening In The Kitchen

 

kitchen

Black stippled on polished concrete. The ants create their own

pointillism on my sink. A sprawl of panicles

reminiscent of  wheat or wild grass.  And  I remember us

similar in the summer haze, fitting into the granular landscape

along  with the water and woods. Light

fading in among the leaves.

 

But close-up, we were a conglomeration

of cells that defined our tolerance

for change. That day off the interstate,

we discussed your new job involving travel. Lots of distance

and time away. Heat muffled the wind

 

trying to express itself above the coastal weeds; and humidity

clung to my skin like that fear of staying alone. Who would kill

 those ants invading our house after the rain? How could I  handle

spraying Black Flag when I’m afraid of aerosols? The protests

more trivial as panic set in.  You lit a cigarette and looked beyond

the white birches. It’s red flare the sun

 

Seurat  may have painted in a beach scene. Deliberately there

drawing one’s eye to the vastness of  sky and sea;

but even more to their closeness.

4 comments

  1. Despite the ants, the scene has a sweep to it which somehow emphasizes the discussion between the couple. And behind it all, Seurat paints.

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  2. I can feel the stress that comes with change
    for the couple in the poem.

    I like the parallel between the ants almost becoming
    an impressionist style painting
    and the couple, similar:

    “And I remember us
    similar in the summer haze, fitting into the granular landscape
    along with the water and woods. Light
    fading in among the leaves”

    I love this:

    “But close-up, we were a conglomeration
    of cells that defined our tolerance
    for change.”

    A wonderful ending with the sky and sea,
    which seem so far apart from each other,
    and when seen in the distance, they are close.

    Much enjoyed reading.
    Take care.
    Kerri

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  3. Thanks so much Kerri

    You insight is so deeply appreciated — right on target for what I was hoping to convey.

    Again, Thank you!
    My Best to you and your, stay safe and be well
    May God bless your entire family.

    Take care,
    Wendy

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