Grady Means


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Fixed Income

4: 30 a.m. and I'm wide awake
thinking, sweating, listening
The distinctive, middle-pitched tone
Of water running through pipes
Somewhere in the house

4: 30 a.m. is my special time
When I've always stared and worried
About parents, children, job, and retirement,
cancer, death, marriage, or some slight
At the office or the dinner table

My ears are very finely tuned
For that sort of thing.
The loose shutter, the expanding
Joints of the ductwork,
Doors opening and closing.

Drip, Drip, Drip
I have filled our roof-top tank
With ...

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