A Pair of Red Repairs

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The letters we receive

are far between and few.

From cousins old and cranky

or high school friends we knew.

The mail boxes grew shabby.

One even lost its lid

to gale-force winds, a wild raccoon,

perhaps a smart-ass kid.

The hardware store had boxes,

the cheap and nasty kind.

Or fancy and luxurious,

Oh, nothing could I find

to fit my homey little house

so cozy and so sweet,

to make the mailman happy

who comes in cold or heat.

My darling made an offer.

I had my doubts, I vow

that he could transform old to new.

Well, look what I have now!

A plate of tin, a hinge

a coat of red spray paint,

so beautiful, it works well too

this sight could make you faint!

So don’t throw out, recycle friends

and you too, can save money.

It helps to know a handy guy

to fix things, like my honey.

He haunts the Eco Centre

once called the local dump.

Free tiles, a sink, a window,

these things can make him jump

for joy – yes, you should try it.

Recycling saves you cash.

It helps save the environment too

you’ll notice in a flash

how old can be as good as new,

one look at me can show it.

So do the right thing – don’t discard

it’s the “new” way¬†– you know it!

 

 

Year

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First year, last year.

Future year, past year.

Year of grace, year of war.

Twelve months, seasons four.

Count the days, count the hours.

Work like a dog or go pick flowers.

Fresh and clean on New Year’s Day,

time races by and it’s all one-way.

Take this gift of a brand new year,

toast it in brandy, toast it in beer.

Remember, we loved 2015,

now it’s sent to the guillotine!

How to stop time? Well, that’s a trick

You may think me a lunatic.

Love alone stops the old tick tock.

That’s enough, I’ve got writer’s block!