Most days the newspaper hits
the lawn by four in the morning
but it’s six already and I don’t see it.
I’ll have to pull on my pants
and go out to see if it’s hiding
in my wife’s flowers and bushes.
She keeps adding more plants
to the jungle she’s created out there
with parrots and macaws on the way.
But instead of going out
I tell her it’s a nice morning
and suggest she check on her roses.
In this heat, they may need water.
And while she’s out there I suggest
she scan the garden for the paper
in case it’s held hostage by the foliage.
After coffee she sails out the door
and returns with no paper but brings
an armful of roses, a bouquet
I welcome more than the poison ivy
I find every day in the paper.
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