by great doctors.
I saw them all.
A Middleton WI phoenix woman
flew in Sunday to pick up a reborn Maytag electric washing machine.
She had answered a Craigslist ad we put in
looking for a good home
where the machine would actually be used,
and Ingrid filled the bill.
But this Ingrid lady has plans for the old but true washer
and she loved it at first sight.
What better outcome than to see the dust-gathering
but still kicking labor-saver getting rebirth
with Ingrid, who put it to immediate use dying old flannel
sheets to be remade into craft items!
An enterprising formerly old-world woman
bringing a cosmic continuance to a dormant
but waiting, still willing servant vessel
made in Newton, Iowa.
.....and there it goes, left, right, left, right.....
(Thanks to Mel Stark and son David Jr. for getting the machine back into good working order!)
Correspondence from Ingrid to the raccoon news, 3/28/12:
GOOD LUCK, INGRID!
Places I Have Heard the Ocean
to my ear — though I'm told
this is the sound of my own
blood. I have heard the ocean
in the city: cars against
the beach of our street. Or in
the subway, waiting for a train
that carries me like a current.
In my bed: place of high and low
tide or in my daughter's skates,
rolling over the sidewalk.
Ocean in the trees when they
fill their heads with wind.
Ocean in the rise and fall:
lungs of everyone I love.