Mormon Poetry #12 Happy Anniversary!

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A Little House On The Tundra
By Reid Baer

It was their anniversary
and the 9,855th morning
together since the 17th day of June
and here they sat
at their 23 year old kitchen table
across from each other

He wore his daughter’s discarded
pink parka with the hood
over his downcast head
and his face framed in the white
fluffy trim mumbling to himself as
he reviewed a thick library book
including many Rumi writings

She sat quietly in front of an empty
cup with her legs tucked under
a WWII dark blue tattered trench coat
with an orange and black muffler
from her son’s college team
wrapped once around her neck
and again before her mouth

The two were already polar
opposites when they began
their family of four
in the 20th century but now
in the 21st you have to understand
they’re in an empty frozen nest
coping the best they can

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Watch out!
By Reid Baer 5 years ago