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From “imaginary garden with real toads”:

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There is a song by Leonard Cohen, called

“Anthem”, which contains these marvelous lines:


“Ring the bells that still can ring.

Forget your perfect offering.

There is a crack, a crack, in everything–

That’s how the light gets in.”

I say,   “That’s how the water gets in.”

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The prompt:

For this Fireblossom Friday challenge, …. write a poem about a crack, fissure, rupture, split, or breaking point.
It can involve something tangible, or intangible. It can be in any form you like.

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Bungalow with Four Dormer Gables

At night…
even better daytime,
I lay on my water bed
look up.
I see the years
 of ceiling design  created
by roof ice built up and melt,
hurricanes
and windy rain storms,
from the south.
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Now, understand,
I am on the first floor.
One night I feel
drip
…..drip
………drip, drip
pause
drip, … splat on the pillow
…waking
I feel the pillow amazed…
IT”S WET !
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Since it’s a water bed,
reason doesn’t enter in.
I lift the mattress cover
(it is like a regular mattress,
with a cover with hard sides
so the illusion is it’s
a regular bed…
just filled with water)
expecting to find a leak.
Puzzled…
I find it dry.  Splat !
I hear drip
…..drip….splat...splat...
SIGH
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Shingles around the gable
window are replaced…
then I’m informed 
dormer gable  windows
are difficult
to seal.
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Some  shingles
were also replace
around the chimney…
they had blown off
just as well to fix
the cracks in the roof
now.
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Good grief Mary Jane !
The next rain storm
all of a sudden,
water POURED into the
living room. 
Literally.
Come to find out,
the roofer, was a
sub-contractor and
put the shingles
next to the chimney
on UPSIDE DOWN
creating a FUNNEL EFFECT
with WATERFALL
to the living-room. 
SIGH.
NO ! :   words unfit
for children’s ears
were said  
L O U D L Y.

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Now the living room has
a pattern on the ceiling
for me to look at and
see what I can see in
the cracks and stains …
better than the wall paper
on the ceiling in the room
above the living-room !
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Almost forty years,
drip, drip, splat.
Drag out
…..buckets
…….towels
then eventually
a tarp to cover the bed.
Drip. .. Annoying dripdrip
IN THE FIRE PLACE.
Soft drip……
the carpet muffles…
in front of the fire place:
 ….soft drip, drip.
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SIGH. 
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Last year,
An angel named, BoB
showed up.
I told him I didn’t care
if he poured tar over
the light gray roof…
I WANTED it to STOP
and to    STOP    N O W.
And,
why didn’t it ever rain
in on the second floor?
Sigh.
He got technical,
and explained about the
four dormer gables,
and the chimney…
Sigh.
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I just was tired of buckets,
towels and tarps…
and plaster falling down
on me while I was sleeping,
creating art work
sort of Rorschach Test 
on the ceilings
that even came back thru
scraping plaster , bun
and painting over.
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Hallelujah !
Bob DID IT.
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At the little white
Bungalow with Four Dormer Gables
drips, splats, pours
during catastrophic
weather….
HAVE STOPPED !
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Sigh. 
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Hallelujah !
Hot chocolate
and buttered bread
all around !
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