Thursday, April 06, 2006

Grandot and B.B.






















So Much Depends Upon


the red wheel barrow glazed with rain water
beside the workshop he built

red and white pinwheel peppermints
wrapped and twisted
resting in decorative glass bowls she litters about the house

the submissive gameboy waiting for him on the end table
beside the peppermints

the sweet tea she brews to encourage him to satisfy his daily water quota;
he won't drink water

the blue and white ceramic floor tiles he scrubs behind the toilet;
she shouldn't be on her knees

trailing conversations she continues
after he's slipped out of the room

the green and white striped umbrella
sprouting from the motorized golf bag he constructed

her pink polyester pantsuits

the unescorted crocodile crawling away from the collars
of all his cotton shirts

and the grilled cheese sandwiches she flips
to the Young and the Restless.

12 comments:

spigo said...

where did the names come from? i mean, why do you call them grandot and b.b.? i'm just curious. i find grandot especially interesting, as my nephews call me dot. so maybe their kids will call me grandot one day.

Jeff said...

i still think it's hilarious that they call you dot. ha! oh man...that's funny.

Windy Lampson said...

My Grandmother's name is Dot (from Dorothy)- hence Grandot - so it is entirely possible for you to be a Grandot one day. They wanted me to call B.B. - G.P. for GrandPa, but that was apparently too much to ask of me. I decided on B.B. and he's been that ever since.

Jeff said...

hey glen, if you want, i'll call you grandot.

nckitkat said...

ok, that's it, Glen's new name is granddot. can't wait to tell my mom!
this is probably my favorite poem of all of them-

Anonymous said...

hi windy! i feel like i just read the poem for the firt time though...well i was just commenting because i have been so busy with this new online class i am taking and confirmation for church (and i gave up the computer for lent....)so that contributes to the problem. well i will talk to you later. have a very happy Easter

<3 Katy

Anonymous said...

that was supposed to be "though i knew i had read it many times"

<3 Katy

Windy Lampson said...

I hate to tell you Katy, but you still have a whole week without the computer... unless you manage to log back on and read this comment before the day is over. I guess you knew that Sundays were excluded from Lent- I had to look it up- I can't believe I never heard that before.

spigo said...

that is great. i've been waiting so long for someone to volunteer to start calling me grandot. you are truly wonderful friends.

and i had no idea that sundays are excluded from lent. but maybe that's cause i was brought up baptist, and the preacher didn't have time to yell that between the part about not drinking and the part about not dancing.

nckitkat said...

I had heard that Sundays were excluded from Lent, but that just seems like cheating to me... but then again, I didn't give anything up, so what can I say?

Windy Lampson said...

well- it's not supposed be cheating- we're supposed to look at all sundays of the year as celebrations and all fridays as penance- and that's why Lent technically starts on Ash Wednesday and ends the saturday before Easter- starting on Wednesday gives you those few extra days to make it all 40 days (even without sundays).

nckitkat said...

I'm impressed! I had never bothered to actually count, just assumed it was 40 days. that explains it!