Denton Writes 2010-Adult Poetry Winner-Form-Annie Neugebauer

 

                         

            Cleaning out the Exhaust Vent

                     By Annie Neugebauer

We didn’t know if we should laugh or cry

when baby powder fell instead of dust—

sifted like the softest snow from the sky

and floated through the room to blanket us

in memories and smells just scarcely dead

of how, for him, the powder was a must.

You lowered the canned air from overhead

to cough out puffs of white—and I did too—

then ruffled your hair, looked at me and said

“It’s baby powder,” and almost on cue

a salty, misty film filled up our eyes

like goggles, even as our smiles grew,

and through all of the heartache and surprise,

we didn’t know if we should laugh or cry.

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