jeff walks out in his khaki
shorts and bald head
helps the garbage man, matching him box
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