Hammer in Hand

I was hanging a picture
when I remembered —
I am not the picture-hanger. 
He is. Or was.

I am the eye-baller,
the one who tells the nailer
where to nail and then 
questions his judgment. 

Picture- hanging is a two-person project
needing four hands and eyes 
for the holding 
the leveling 
and pounding. 

So, with no one around 
giving directions,

I just nail my grief to the wall.

Kathleen Phillips lives in Milwaukee. Now 85, she finds writing to be her lifeline during this time of quarantine and isolation. There is plenty to write about. The challenge is knowing where to look. Kathleen belongs of WFOP and two critique groups: Hartford Ave Poets and Sparks.

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