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The Order of Their Living

Our cross-the-road neighbors, the McCrackens,

Are perennial winners of Yard of the Month.

 

I water for the McCrackens. Drink

 

Grape Kool-Aid in slant sun and marvel

At the order of their living things.

 

Flower and shrub that mind

 

As well as Mrs. Long’s

Standup-straight lunch line.

 

Our white azaleas come from

The McCrackens. Extras they said.

 

They don’t complain

 

About tire tracks on the lawn

When my father takes too many pills

 

And Rescue Squads back

Over their begonias.

 

Published in Bellingham Review