The Set Up

My friends want to set me up.

I look into my yard and say,
I have a wagon with a flat
and a wheelbarrow with one handle.
My winter garden has not been planted.

They persist.

I tell them, I keep odd hours. My dog
only gets along with me. The depressions
in my mattress are set.

They press on.

I say, the plants in my house
are bromeliads. Lights are on timers.
Very little has been required of me
for a long time.


Published in Right Hand Pointing, May 2018.

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