from inside the outhouse

Poem #10 from Small Town Kid

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the door is basic timber
a Z frame
facing the inside
and a gap
at both top and bottom

the circulation of air
is important
in such a place

the room is small
weatherboard-lined
with a tin roof
a one-seater
particularly suitable
as long-term residence
for both
spiders and flies

the hole of the seat is large
shiny-smooth at the edges
from friction of skin
over the course of years

wide enough
and slippery enough
to swallow a small boy
whole
unless he is carefully perched
on the front edge
as he drums his feet
against the box

on the wall
is an area
kept clear of cobwebs
by the frequent movement
of purposeful hands

newspaper squares
are skewered on a wire hook
for the perusal
of partial stories and advertisements
from the popular press
before consignment
to a more noble cause

the creeper screen in front
is strategically grown
for concealment
from the main building
its pungent blooms a potent foil
for certain unmentionable aspects

it serves too
as the nest site
for a pair of blackbirds
who seem able to overlook
the patent fact
that this is
a low-rent neighborhood


© Frank Prem 2009

Small Town Kid Poem 11: nightman

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