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Pink Flamingos
by Peter J Benson
Friday, September 16, 2005
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Not quite the idea I started with, but like many ideas, it took its own road.

Pink Flamingos

There’s always tawdry trash on another person’s lawn.
Detritus of someone else’s lack of taste.
A rusted out hulk of scrap metal
Sitting up on cinderblocks.
Some plastic flowers drooped wan
By years of unrelenting blaze.
An old fridge melting into an Astroturf carpet
With a cat stained sofa companion.
And a pink flamingo guardian.

So easy to deride, so much harder to dismiss.

What stories lie behind that scene?
What Grandpappy taught that kid
To drive in that old jalopy that will be repaired someday?
What neighbor gave those flowers
To the new bride to brighten up the home?
What meals came out of that fridge?
How many neighbors stopped by the porch to sit on that sofa
And how many kids petted the cats?
Was that flamingo a longing for brighter places
Or a wonder of standing in place?

So easy to say ‘eyesore’
So hard to understand what I saw.

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Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green 9/26/2005
Clever a n d colorful a n d insightful, w o w!! Is it the Wicked Witch of NJ's influence, or did you come up with this all on your
lonesome {as we said when I was a kid; don't ask when}. Really, this is great. T h a n k y o u for the tour of the neighborhood. How did you get here? 'Pea:)' <3
Reviewed by Monette Bebow-Reinhard (Reader) 9/20/2005
You have amazing insights, this truly reflects the perplexity we see in other people's actions. Good write!
Reviewed by Joni Stewart-Hague 9/18/2005
great write. it gives one insight and certainly food for thought. Thank you for this, my friend....... it's one I won't easily forget.

Reviewed by jude forese 9/18/2005
great images into this poetic query into the prspective of observance ...
Reviewed by Bonnie Torrente 9/17/2005
Very nice, Peter.
It's always more than meets the eye. I like this write. It reflects this way I see things in the world. Thank you.

Reviewed by Brian Hartford (Reader) 9/16/2005
You are a master of observation. The glass is always half full for you. Well done Peter, a good read.

Reviewed by Leysa Lowery 9/16/2005
It's easy to oversee the stories underneath. Poignant write.
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 9/16/2005
Stunning poetry...and the imagery painfully vivid!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Jane Rodway 9/16/2005
This is a great theme for a poem- more people should see as you do (I do!) and maybe this world would not be so throw-away, with everything from things to people.
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