What I Say to You After Work: for Naomi
It’s just a bad day, Darlin.
There have been others before this
and we’re still here, still breathing, still
waking up in the morning to do it all over again.
I know. I know it has to get better. It will.
Let’s go for a walk
and look at the maples in our neighborhood
budding their fresh green leaves,
shedding the whirlygigs
with their veined helicopter wings.
Let’s feel the warming spring Kansas breeze
on our faces, let it tousle our hair
like a busy mother’s touch.
Let’s leave the smart phones
and music players at home.
Let’s talk out the frustrations
and the humiliations and the fuckups.
Let’s talk about planting flowers and tomatoes,
playing guitars, grilling, inviting friends over,
getting out of the house. Let’s stop at the corner
where the redbud ignites against the greening grass.
Let’s curse the dandelions but enjoy the yellow.
Let’s give the bad day the attention it deserves,
© 2019 by Shawn Pavey