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Snow in Our Corner of Maine… A poem?

02/20/2014

Hampden dairy farm in the snow

There was an icicle as long as my leg

hanging from the gutter outside our bedroom window.

When we came home yesterday afternoon it was gone.

No sign of it in the snow below the blinds.

***

The guy down the hill wears a snowmobile suit when he blows out our driveway.

Except it’s not a snowmobile suit.

It’s a hunting suit.

Our driveways sit side-by-side

so he blows all the snow from his driveway

into his front yard.

Then he blows all the snow from our driveway

into our backyard.

If I was a kid, I’d build a fort in his front yard and a tunnel in our backyard

But I’m an adult.

So we bought the guy down the hill a $50 gas card,

knocked on his backdoor and said:

“Thanks.”

***

There was a red Volkswagen Bug parked in the front yard across the street.

A sign said it was “for sale.”

The owner kept moving the Bug around.

The driveway. The front lawn. The side yard. The street.

Then it started to snow.

They don’t shovel the sidewalk across the street

They plow it

with a pick-up.

They plow the sidewalk, side yard and driveway all at once.

Like it was a parking lot.

Now there’s a huge snow pile in the front yard across the street.

Big enough to hide 10 red Volkswagen Bugs.

***

A guy across the street started painting his house in November.

Yellow.

Then it started to snow

Now there’s a partially painted house across street.

Part yellow.

Part not-so-yellow

I wonder

if he’ll get around to finishing the job

next November

***

They built a church next to the road

many years ago

in Winterport.

They built it before cars.

They built it before pavement.

They built it before 10-ton snow plows.

Now they don’t use the church next to the road

in Winterport.

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