Ghosts in the Sheetrock

Using only a carpenter’s graphite pencil line and a finger to smudge it, one evening I discovered a little fox face peering out of a mudded, sanded seam in the sheetrock. He said “Hi.”

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After him ran a cocky hound with a stubby ear,

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Followed by a bear who ate all the brownies.

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Two birds admired each other,

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and a stork drank lemonade, while a mouse preferred harder stuff.

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For a brief period my new home progress included vast areas of gray sheetrock and joint compound. Every evening, after the workmen left, I discovered new characters on the walls. Some were rather grumpy.

This fellow’s hat made him feel important,

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and this fellow didn’t like his neighbor.

Hi

This gent was more genial–

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He tried to soothe the worrywart.

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But someone was always suspicious or

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feeling put out,

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Until Molly appeared and told everyone to

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“put your lips together and B L O W !”

Finally I discovered myself, holding my new home in my two, cupped hands.

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I can’t wait to go home and enjoy it.

I know all those ghosts are still there, under a fresh coat of Marscapone cream paint.

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