What Writing, set two, day one
except when it is windy.
Then it becomes a struggle to hold it
tight against my shoulder,
Hoping, hoping, hoping,
the wind won't catch it just right,
and invert it,
snap the cheap metal,
and make it a useless piece of trash.
The rain rarely comes straight down.
My pants legs get wet,
from the knees down,
If I'm lucky, that is all that gets wet.
Not designed for two people.
Not designed for wind.
Not designed for longevity.
But, oh, so convenient.
Fits in my backpack,
except when it is wet.
It lives on the floor of my car,
back seat, passenger side.
Sometimes it slips under the front seat
and I think I left it somewhere.
I once thought I left it in my grocery shopping cart
and bought a replacement,
Only to find it weeks later
when I was cleaning out the floor of my car.
There it was
under the seat,
Hidden by an empty to go cup
and the summary of an oil change.
Appreciated when it works.
Cursed when it doesn't.
My purple one bit the proverbial dust.