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The Ordinary


by Kirsten Dierking


It's summer, so

the pink gingham shorts,

the red mower, the neat rows

of clean smelling grass

unspooling behind

the sweeping blades.


A dragonfly, black body

big as a finger, will not leave

the mower alone,

loving the sparkle

of scarlet metal,

seeing in even a rusting paint

the shade of a flower.


But I wave him off,

conscious he is

wasting his time,

conscious I am

filling my time

with such small details,

distracting colors,


like pink checks,

like this, then that,

like a dragonfly wing

in the sun reflecting

the color of opals,

like all the hours

we leave behind,

so ordinary,

but not unloved.


"The Ordinary" by Kirsten Dierking


(thank you to brianwferry to pointing me toward this poem)


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Taken on June 13, 2009