Rural Sampler


A pig

wearing a polka

dot bandanna

knotted under its chin

and a calico

cat in the dooryard

where an elderly lady

wearing slippers

(and a bulky parka

over her bathrobe),

hangs dish towels
and blouses out on the line.


Framed photos

of her hubby (deceased)

and of two daughters

(married) living

out-of-state, hang

on the trailer paneling.


The TV’s been left on

like company

keeping itself entertained

while she’s momentarily gone.


Marty Walsh