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Packing Shed Deck

August 1, 2014


the old, fruit-packing shed
has been around for a long time

built when this area was the number
one fruit-producing county in the U.S.

it’s gone through a great many
remodels and face lifts in its time

the elongated structure provides plenty
of space for business owners and artists

it looks good for as old as it is
until you look at some of the decking

sometimes when an aging actress appears
on TV and I say how good she looks

my wife nods and then tells me
to look at the woman’s neck

if untouched by scalpel or makeup
the neck betrays and gives away the truth

without the assistance of surgical intervention
all would be wrinkles and sun-damaged mottling

there are portions of the packing shed deck
that are similar to some ancient actress’ neck

giving away true age and duress of time
with its cracked, worn and rotting edges

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