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The back trellis is covered with hot pink bloom
and the neighbor’s tabby has nested in the garden shed. I’m listening to the hammer of water pipes, a hollow ring
filling the galvanized tub, when my grandfather backs in through the screen door. His tall rubber boots leave tracks on the laundry linoleum.
There’s the smell of a gunnysack, and another smell I can’t identify – something bitter, something wet.
the ice-cream man shorts