how things are

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Mid-summer with the doors all open.
I forgot to take out the trash again.
The new white curtains I bought on Tuesday
blow into the empty room.
The peas and parsley, they died an early death
and the tomatoes look anemic on the vine.
But I’ve got daisies by the dozen
and Snapdragons by the wall.

This is how things are.
The empty swing set in the back yard.
The Maples holding all the light.

I planted fire-red Poppies in April.
Left for a week and they wilted.
You are gone again, but coming home soon
and I watch the half-moon climb.

This is how things are.
From here I see three stars
and someone’s voice floats across the dark.

Mid-summer with the doors all open.
A grey moth flickers at the lamp on the wall.
I wonder when we’ll go out walking.
Maybe when August rolls along.

This is how things are.
The crooked swing set in the back yard.
The Maples holding all the light.

credits

from Paper Sun, released November 19, 2011
Voice, piano: Kim McMechan
Cello: Colin Linden

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Kim June Johnson

Kim June Johnson (previously Kim McMechan) is an award-winning singer & songwriter and poet who performs with an ever- changing line-up of musicians. Her third solo album, Canvas & Clay, is scheduled for release in the May 2014 and was produced by Marc Atkinson (the Bills). She currently splits her time between Kelowna BC and Hornby Island on the West coast of Canada. ... more

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