porch rails

a brown ring has been sitting on the white weathered rail

begging me to clean it up

i bring out the can of behr bright white exterior

stirring up the can and stare into the swirling white

dipping my brush in,  slowly begin to cover up the

coffee cup stain that  has been there for 3 years

it’s time, i paint gingerly over the brown the white

glows back at me reflecting the warm sun of today

i see her leaning there on the porch, elbows down

with the coffee mug in the crook of her arm,

dripping the coffee down the sides until the brown stains

into the white paint, watching the kids play in the yard

that was three summers ago

i feel like i’m erasing a part of her by covering the

coffee cup stain.. but i must

on i go


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