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Larry Lawrence


We threw out what was left
of the Halloween candy today,
the Smarties, a few boxes of Nerds,
Laffy Taffy, a handful of Dum Dums.
Finally we take a Sunday afternoon
to rake up the mounds of leaves.

We’re the last ones on the block
to rake, again. Each neighbor’s lawn,
dark green, clear of the faded mess
from the too many oak trees that fill
the tiny yards on our suburban street.
They have their brown paper sacks
lined up neatly on the curb for pick up.
I am behind again, just starting to deal
with my cursed homeowner duties.

Look forward to Thursday,Thanksgiving,
anticipating the day after even more,
a day off to sit, to read, to write, to rest.
Filling my last paper bag, I prop it up
on the edge of my yard and look down
the street, three houses down they’re
stringing Christmas lights on the bushes
and inflating a Charlie Brown snow globe.

by Larry Lawrence.
Used with the author's permission.

Larry Lawrence was born and raised in southern New Jersey, then left his hometown to attend Rutgers University and study playwriting at Mason Gross School of the Arts. A teacher in the Gifted & Talented program at several elementary schools, he has read and written poetry for many years. A committed writer, avid father and devoted sports fan, Larry continues to live in New Jersey but travels frequently to locations in the Southeastern U.S. Learn more about him here, or join him on Twitter @TheAmericanPoet.

Post New Comment:
Ginny C.:
This is a new spin on keeping up with the Jones. Larry must have been looking at our yard and our neighborhood when he wrote this.
Posted 11/20/2010 10:45 AM
@Larry; we're the last on our New Jersey block too. Lovely poem.
Posted 11/20/2010 05:23 AM

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