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Around the Square
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 • Posted July 13, 2011

Crape myrtles.

Giant bouquets stuck in the ground.

Decorating Gooch Cemetery.

And all around town.

Exploding optimistically in deep rose and pink.

Glorious color amidst the drouth.

And heat.

A welcome relief to the eye.

Every July.

Though every July ain’t this hot.


This year breaks the record.

Even bamboo is dying.

Might as well stay inside and clean out closets.

And drawers and boxes and stacks of stuff.

What a surprise.

Clothes worn in the 20th century.

Items last seen 10 years ago.

Bags of old receipts and tax returns.

Old greeting cards.

Old letters.

Old photos still waiting for a photo album.

Hours pass.

So easy to go from this to that.

Follow your nose.

And who knows.

What’s this?


Unidentified Familiar Object.

Instant déjà vu.

Definitely seen it before.

Just not sure what it is.

Black material wrinkled up.

A handle sticking out of it.

Too short to be a baseball bat.

Undo the snap.

Push the button on the handle.


It’s a bird, it’s a plane…


It’s an umbrella.

An artifact from wetter times.

A relic from rainy days.

Discarded and dusty.

Forlorn and forgotten.

And at the rate we’re going…

Destined for the Smithsonian.

That’s Mason.

Renee Walker is a poet, writer, and real estate broker on the Square.

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