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  Michael Estabrook
   
     
MOM SMILING, HANGING CLOTHES
        (a memory for Patti)
 
behind the apartments --
a cinder block garbage house
where people keep
their garbage cans;
a damp place with spiders
in dusty webs in corners.
nonetheless we love
to play the run-around-
the-garbage-house game
(ashes ashes we all fall down):
running round & round
then dashing inside, hiding
behind the dented smelly cans,
(eyes on the spiders)
being found, screaming,
running out & around
& around the house again.
(Mom smiling, hanging clothes
the whole time on the clothesline.)
 



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