Work Day at the Community Garden
It was work day at the garden.
My ask was to clean out the tool shed.
Mirna was my work partner.
You could tell it had been closed up
For the winter – there were spider
And their spun homes everywhere –
Especially on the handles – spiders
Must know the smell of human touch
To put their webs there so uniformly.
The shovels had been put away
Dirty, clogged with dirt and clay.
We cleaned each tool with wire
brushes to knock the old dirt off.
We pulled out every piece and cleaned it
Then we cleared the floor of debris.
I closed the tool shed door from inside
To clean the groove that housed
the sliding door. I experienced a taste
Of claustrophobia that cleared
as soon as the door was reopened
And light poured into the space.
– April 5, 2021