It is late
afternoon as I walk down the grassy lane
that leads to the brown wooden shed
where it is time to rest the jigsaw puzzle that is me
while the Earth rolls into darkness
in order to spin a new day that is even now
hiding far below the pine trees on the horizon.
I put my soul in the empty yellow coffee can on the shelf
and hang my wrinkled skin on a rusty nail
by heavy tools pegged on rough, uneven slats,
slumping like weary soldiers home
from the war.
A faded circus poster advertising acrobats
hangs opposite the door and reminds me of a soulmate
that slipped through a crack in the wall
when I was young and life had been cursed by a witch.
Brushes and tubes of dried acrylic paint
are stored in a barrel next to the iron
I have not painted a portrait or a landscape
since the time before there was a time
that reached into the soil and found enough rainwater
to produce a bumper crop of weeds and brown grass.
I open a cracked leather Bible and read
“This is my body. This is my body.”
I lie down on a neatly-folded brown Army blanket
and will sleep until the coming of dawn
unless darkness decides to hold down the
for an extended time and delay my resurrection
until some future golden morn.