Hayden's Ferry Review would like to wish everyone a very happy Thanksgiving. Here is a poem by Chad Woody from issue #33 that shows the family spirit and the sometimes dysfunctional nature of family life. We hope you enjoy your family this holiday season!
A Different Kind of Life
My wife has named the boys
Ford, Lincoln & Chevy
so it will be funnier when they compete,
and I have named the girls
Galaga and Margarine.
I'm still trying to come up with
a good reason for mine.
My wife, who isn't really my wife
because we aren't religious & didn't marry,
is always making big bowls of frosting
to keep in the fridge and eat for snacks—
different flavors but her favorite is white,
whatever flavor white is. She jokes
about how fat she's getting, but
she's hardly fat at all and has a huge smile
and one eye higher than the other,
and sounds like she has a frog in her throat.
We have a great arrangement whereby
I do all the laundry and she does all the math.
We go to garage sales a lot. She loves
praying mantises and huge houseplants.
I invent small toys and set off fireworks
in the garage. We have a doctor
named Dr. Teat, and a dentist named Dr. Nail.
On weekends when the weather is nice
we pile into our old car and just drive,
no destination, and if we see something
neat growing in the ditch we stop to pick it,
and if we see a turtle we get out
and move it off the road. The kids
are getting bigger, and one of them
can even walk on stilts,
but we don't think we want any more.