Picture This

I am standing at the kitchen window,
camera in hand, watching for Bluebirds

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a Cardinal perhaps, or a Cedar Waxwing.

I am standing like my mother has stood
these 70 years, her hands in dish water,
soapy with the long day’s end
of sighing over children.

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She is standing in my mind
like her mother who would not
let the rinse water drain
because she never forgot
the labor of buckets hauled
in for the job.

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Maytag does the work for me.
I stand here only to remember
the habits of long days’ end.

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I stand here to learn something
I believe I should already know.

**Written today as a free write in response to the prompt “picture this,” which I used in giving a journaling workshop for the South Mississippi Writing Project.

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