Mud Zombies

Dark deep black pool

Bubbling gently, steam rising

Squelching mud

Oozes between my toes

Hot, sticking to my skin

Entering slowly, being engulfed

Disappearing within the dark slimy mud

All is quiet and still

Emerging from the pool

Each one covered

Bright eyes, white teeth

Skin black, faces covered

Struggling to stand

Slipping underfoot

Sliding, laughing, talking

Zombies awkwardly climbing out

Dark grey fades to light

Skin taught, crackling skin

Zombies moving slowly

Towards a hot pool

Diving in

Emerging quickly

Zombies disappeared

We are people once again.

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Back to the beginning

Patio was laid wonky

Non-matching slabs

Years waited

To stand not in mud

Patiently asking

A solution found

Materials gathered

A hole dug out

The rain came down

In torrents, fast

Now I’m back to the beginning

No patio here

A hole in the ground

Filled with muddy water

And patience is my best friend.

Boots

Boots of all shapes and sized

sit on the shelf

high boots,

pointed boots

kinky boots

flat slipons

laced boots

walking boots

each one has a job

today I realized one important thing

there was one pair missing

the most important of all

the ones that keep my feet dry

as I stumble through woods

as I squelch through mud

as I kick autumn leaves

as I walk through the stream

Wellie boots are missing

so what will I choose

green ones, blue ones

flowers or spots

in all honesty I really don’t mind

as long as they keep my feet dry.