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THE WOODEN RAMP poem

Story ID:4606
Written by:Richard Laurent. Provencher (bio, contact, other stories)
Organization:Retired
Story type:Poem
Location:Truro Nova Scotia Canada
Year:2008
Person:Richard L. Provencher
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The Wooden Ramp

His yard is a landscape of
ragweed, clustering
dandelions, years of peeled paint

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

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

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

son Harry grown up.
Joan's loving arms a dream
and storm clouds
the only activity around.

Richard L. Provencher 2005