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    Peeling Pecans

    by David Knape

    My dad
    liked to sit on the patio
    and peel pecans
    it was his way of relaxing

    he'd spread a newspaper out on
    the picnic table to catch the hulls
    and he'd have a coffee can
    for the keepers
    those pecan halves he extracted
    were without blemish
    exquisite as jewels

    of course he would have
    his bottle of beer next to
    his right elbow
    and he would nurse it along
    as he peeled the pecans
    and this was his entertainment
    his excuse for being outside

    he liked to be in the yard
    it was his domain
    he liked the sounds of nature
    listening to the birds
    watching the grass grow
    for being a country boy
    he never really got used to
    city life

    oh he could function in it
    and he could socialize when he had to
    but mostly he liked
    being left alone
    and this is how I remember him

    a man who loved to dance
    and sing and drink his beer
    but who always felt better
    being a little apart
    never comfortable in crowds
    he heard a different drummer

    to understand him
    you had to realize this trait
    and know that for him
    separation
    was more important
    than closeness.


    © d.knape

    July 2, 2013
    More "Once Upon A Line" - Light verse and poetry by d.knape
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