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  A Watched Deck Never Dries
by Patrick A Granfors
Sunday, May 20, 2012
Rated "G" by the Author.

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Part of my Ozark vacation ritual (we brought my 80 year old mom along this year) includes the annual weather sealing of my wooden deck. This year I was a bit early and, since last time I used a superior product containing a bit of oil, it didn’t penetrate as fast. I nearly ended up flat on my ass yesterday as I stepped out the door onto a thin oil slick.

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Through the power of observation

It comes as no surprise

Matters not how long you stare

A watched deck never dries

 

It’s been two days and counting

The weather’s been ideal

It should fully dry by now

As I pen this sad appeal

 

My vacation time is ticking

I cannot use my deck

I’m cooped up here with mother

While I become a nervous wreck

 

My plan to sketch and paint the lake

With watercolors bright

Will have to wait another day

Perhaps another night

 

Otherwise I just might find

I’m not as agile as I think

Ending flat upon my ass

On my wooden skating rink

 

Although I’m optimistic

I’m forced to realize

It matters not how long you stare

A watched deck never dries

 

 

 

Copyright 2012 Patrick A Granfors

 

 




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Reviewed by JMS Bell
NOW YOU KNOW...DON'T YA? WHAT YOU DID LAST YEAR, S-L-O-W-S THE PROGRESS, CONSIDERABLY, THIS YEAR. NOW, YOU'LL JUST HAVE TO 'WAIT'(SMILE)! CONTINUE TO ENJOY YOUR VACATION AND PENNING THESE WINSOME WORKS THAT ARE SO ENJOYABLE. LOVE, BLESSINGS AND FAITH...JOYCE * HIS INSPIRATIONS
Reviewed by Annabel Sheila
Giggle....you always manage to find the humor in things...and that, my friend, makes you an awesome person!!! I need to stain my back deck...thanks for the tip!

Anna
Reviewed by Vivian Dawson
Listen for a chuckle coming from
my living room under a severe
thunderstorm flood warning *Patrick*

Lady Vivian
Reviewed by Paul Berube
Nice work, Patrick. The deck too. ;-)
Reviewed by Lonnie Hicks
..."my wooden skating rink"
Beautifully put and so apt.
Reviewed by Chip Bergeron
Yeah, but at least the deck won't rot. Sometimes ya' gotta decide if the glass is half full or half empty.
Reviewed by Richard King
Like the poem. Learn a lesson - Next time, save the application of that sealer until the last day, or there abouts. Lesson II – If you’d have been spending your time painting, we’d likely have missed out on this poem, I think that might be a “silver lining”: By the way, could you show us some of your paintings? Maybe you already have and I just wasn't paying attention?

Dick

PS: 3rd line from bottom... should that be forced?
Reviewed by Ed Matlack
I'd pay real money to see you fall on your ass...LOL, e
Reviewed by John Coppolella
Great verses. Perhaps the wood is like some of my writing and is bit dry. Needs to be primed to get absorption going, like our minds here. Next time try a tree stand. :)
starman
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton
Hah! Funny in a sad sort of way. If you can't use the deck, take your watercolor paraphernalia and find a nice shady place, plop down on the grass and do yo thang.
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