midnight chore noise

march across the gravel drive.
tip toe across the remaining patch of snow.
push up on the dumpster lid until it swings back
and thumps the other side of the recycling dumpster.
lift the bag quietly.
take the bottom corner and tilt.
the bean can falls and then the cardboard box
then the glass bottle then another can then
another bottle then another bottle–
pull the lid back up and over and let the lid drop
back down on top.
tip-toe back across the snow.
march back over the gravel.
the screen door hisses open, bangs on an elbow to rest.
turn the knob and push the wood door.
step inside.
stomp the shoes on the floor to get off the snow.
kick them off and let them hit the wall.


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