What underlies the truth we see?
Soffited eaves and gable overhangs.
In bed, before I go to sleep, I look around for
the tools to scrape the rot and
rout the nesting carpenter bees.
Soffited eaves and gable overhangs--
so long before constructed to protect
the soft underbelly of my being.
But why should I keep protecting what
has changed a thousand times or more, since first I built the gable that is my roof
and my decoration?
So, soffitted eaves and gable overhangs,
are you ready for reconstruction and repair?
Shall I paint you with lipstick and shadows?
Shall I bare you to the air and look for sunshine?
I don't need to call a handyman
to fix my soffits and
paint my eaves and gables,
I will do it myself because,
after all this time, I may be able.