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Winter in Connecticut, a poem by Robert Halleck

Winter in Connecticut
        by Robert Halleck

On a cold, clear, autumn day in Connecticut
Bob's guardian angel told him he was going
to spend the winter in Florida with the Schwartzes.
Bob was delighted, filling his head with visions
of being alone in a Connecticut winter: happy hour
at the Greyhound Pub, nights watching TV sports,
more indoor tennis, lounging in old clothes.

Flashing his best cherubic smile, the angel
mentioned that on the day of his departure
a very nice lady will be moving next door.
She has dark hair, smoky green eyes, and will
be coming to Bob's house to borrow a hammer.

Robert Halleck has been writing poetry since 1958. He was briefly stationed at
Fort Benjamin Harrison as a U.S. Army lieutenant during the Vietnam War.
Poetry is more than a hobby for him, but it does not crowd out other activities
such as golf, autocross racing, and care giving through Stephen Ministries. His
recent work has appeared in The San Diego Poetry Annual, Remington Review,
HobartSt. Ann's Review, Chiron, and other journals. He is a member of San
Diego's Not Dead Yet Poets and hopes to continue as a member for a long time.
For a number of years he has attended the Kenyon Review's Summer Workshops.