Gonna Leave You While The Gettin’s Good

I need to leave you now while the house is still standing
before the ceiling caves in with the next storm
as it most assuredly will. I don’t do well in bad weather,
retreating into basements for protection.

These walls were built for separating our house
into private spaces.
I don’t need to see
or hear or feel what is going on in the next room 24/7
or lose my calm. Storms frighten the bejesus out of me
and I have a tendency to retreat deeper each time
that a front rumbles through.

Other houses call my name.
One in particular calls every day.
It needs a coat of paint and for someone
to wrap a deck around its back, stretching out over the yard.
New starts are my specialty. I have a Master’s degree in the field.

I need to leave you now while the house is still standing
So consider this my two weeks’ notice.

The verdict is still out whether John Dorroh actually taught any high school science. But he managed to show up at 6:45 every morning for a few decades with at least two lesson plans. His poetry has appeared in Walk Write Up, Suisun Valley Review, Dime Show Review, Poetry Breakfast, and others. He has one book of flash fiction to his credit and a sequel on the way.

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