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The Wooden Ramp ~ poem

Story ID:2195
Written by:Richard Laurent. Provencher (bio, contact, other stories)
Organization:Retired
Story type:Poem
Location:Truro Nova Scotia Canada
Year:2007
Person:Richard L. Provencher
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The Wooden Ramp

His yard is a landscape of
ragweed, clustered
dandelions, home of peeled paint

wheelchair ramp at an
extreme angle. He
faces the open doorway

Afghan arms need several
tries to roar up the
inclination, a painful
tumble not part of the plan.

Laying on his porch remembers how
it used to be -- wife and kids
picnics, fun and laughter,
now useless legs, quarts of booze

son Harry growing too quickly.
Joan's loving arms a dream
storm clouds
the only activity around.

2006 Richard L. Provencher

Published Dec-Jan-Feb 2006-2007
Stellar Showcase Journal
Volume 1 Issue 3
Oshawa, ON
ISSN 1911-1819