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A Poem: A Kitchen Made of Split-Pea Soup 

Nobody still quite understands what she was thinking

when she chose that color swatch of green. It makes

no sense to paint an entire kitchen, including the

refrigerator, this putrid shade of split-pea soup that

had been sitting out for a week or so. Imagine what

that does to a person early in the morning, barely

making it to the coffee pot, to be attacked by that

lovely shade of green, perfectly offsetting the shade

of sea-foam just past the kitchen door. Nannie plans

to dress it up, though. She will hang handmade needlework over the breakfast table. She will bejewel the

refrigerator with magnets from every vacation spot

she and Paw-Paw have visited with his old war buddies.

She will hang a border of bluebird wallpaper just over

the cabinets. Hopefully, no body will ever really notice

the split-pea stained walls.

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