jeff walks out in his khaki

shorts and bald head

helps the garbage man, matching him box

for box, bag for bagIMG_1661

tossed high and smiles

at his own practiced earthiness.

liz is pulled, straining for control across

the street by opie

all curls and whimpers hoping to reach

dutch at the gate

that sometimes opens

to a yard.

george is long gone to breakfast-with-the-boys,

they’ll talk about the village building department, and the overbuilt downtown,

the price of screws these days and why the republicans have to win this one.

eleanor helps walter

with his colostomy

tube behind the bathroom door.

morning is freshening the 900 block of hawthorn drive in huntley hills.

soon gail will walk her children to school and greg will run up the street, thowing a frisbie to off-leash bobby.

her husband is still dead


About jeanlatzgriffin

Jean Latz Griffin is the owner of CyberINK, a small business that produces quirky skeleton-themed products. She has finished the first draft of a historical fantasy and received comments from her agent. She has turned to Orson Scott Card for tips on the second draft. She is author of "In the Same Breath," and "One Spirit: A Creation Story for the 21st Century." She has a certificate in creative writing from the University of Chicago's Writers Studio. Griffin is a member of the growing community of former Chicago Tribune reporters, enjoys Weekend Writing Warriors and the Story Studio in Chicago. Her Sheltie, Thunder, likes to "type" on her computer keys, and Dr Wu, a Weimaraner, likes to lick her ear when she is trying to think. Her husband passed in June of 2011. Her three fabulous grown sons live nearby. She plays violin in an amateur string orchestra.

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