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May 9, 2012

There are many things to celebrate

about finally finding a used Weber smoker

on the Craigslist:

the uncertainty

the thrill of the chase

the race going to the swift

the thrift of a great deal

the hand-off from a seasoned griller

reporting that she runs

for twelve hours without further fuel

seasoning and smoke

built up over four years

of devoted meaty love

bags of apple and cherry chunks

thrown in for free

but knowing by nose

that all of the hickory got burned up


but nothing better than loading the toy

into the back of the family truckster

turning back toward home

to hear the child in the back seat

report without prompting:

“Daddy, your new smoker smells

like the yummy meat you cook.

It is making me hungry!”

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