where the water insists

what was i thinking?
i exhale to mica after taking off my long sleeve shirt
not even 5 minutes into the morning run
and hang it from a tree branch
to pick up on the way back

i didn’t see much of the morning light/sky on the
fields around us
because i was too busy navigating the gravel
with barefootish (thin-soled) running shoes

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pinning running clothes to line
(black tank top black shorts)
while shower-clean skin
almost tings like the silver fridge
in banana yoshimoto’s kitchen
and hair drips wet down back of tshirt

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at breakfast
joseph selects the window-ripened tomato
slices it
and distributes
while i run out
to grab a tiny bunch
of basil leaves
to chop up on the butcher block

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poems were read
and noted
in a chair
in a loft
on a day that decided
to not warm up too much
which means i can leave the loft curtain open
and swim in the sunlight

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hydro bar trish jokes
in bright green shorts and bright purple tshirt
while pressing dried plaster (help me out here trish,
what is that stuff?) chunks
over the plaster/grout/cement
that we pressed on
where the water
insists on
leaking through
though at least we have baled enough of the cistern out
that we can see dry concrete underfoot

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emory and i in the back seat
big pan of baby new potatoes (roasted and salted) between us
we take turns taking out potato snacks
and feasting
he sees geese/ducks cirling
the neighbors’ field

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a kitten
tucked inside my longsleeve button-up shirt
head and front paws
poking out
black/grey/white markings
and big ears

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i like meeting people’s parents
i tell mica
as she puruses the c’s d’s and e’s
of my music library

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spray of sharp stars
across night sky
milky way visible
i walk to the road
to get as under it as i can

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water:

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An employee pours water over a doll’s head before brushing its hair inside the toy factory owned by Norberto Garcia in Buenos Aires, Argentina
. – voice of america, day in photos

Protesters react as they are hosed by a water cannon  in Quezon city
Protesters react as they are hosed by a water cannon as Philippine President Benigno Aquino delivers his fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA) during the joint session of the 16th Congress at the House of Representatives of the Philippines in Quezon city, Metro Manila, Philippines
. REUTERS/Al Falcon

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war:

A Palestinian girl reacts at the scene of an explosion that medics said killed eight children and two adults, and wounded 40 others at a public garden in Gaza City
A Palestinian girl reacts at the scene of an explosion that medics said killed eight children and two adults, and wounded 40 others at a public garden in Gaza City. REUTERS/Finbarr O’Reilly

A Palestinian father reacts at the Shifa hospital morgue after his son was killed in an explosion that medics said killed eight children and two adults, and wounded 40 others at a public garden in Gaza City
A Palestinian father reacts at the Shifa hospital morgue after his son was killed in an explosion that medics said killed eight children and two adults, and wounded 40 others at a public garden in Gaza City.

REUTERS/Finbarr O’Reilly

Palestinian children look at the scene of an explosion at a public garden in Gaza City
Palestinian children look at the scene of an explosion at a public garden in Gaza City.
REUTERS/Ahmed Zakot

 

 

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mi frijole es su frijole

shoulda brought earplugs i say
the sound of metal shovel against
rough concrete
while we bail dirty water out of the
stalled cistern project

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a few of us
based on the repetition of movement and sound
(sound:
a wet sweep with a red bristled push broom
a rough edged metal scrape against a rough concrete surface)
point out the human-machine=ness of it

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tomato delivery we call it
when emory bites into the paul robeson
and then brings it to us
while we yank and slice the overgrown
from the sweet potato beds
parsing weed from vine

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what if we made popcorn for the meeting
i ponder
and then arrive at the meeting
to find a big bowl
of tyler’s ume plum popcorn
awaiting
we lean over and reach in
for handfuls

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renay emerges from a blue car
maneuvering her exit with gladiola spears

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in the pond she shows us the
dragging-fingers-across-the-surface crawl drill
and various others
(our assignment: practice taking in breath on both sides)

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what a better occasion
to have a ‘cards in spanish’ night
than when jose who’s visiting from spain
is here with us
using frijoles (black-eyed) as coins
mi frijole es su frijole

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to dance (metaphorically) around the images
of gaza’s dead
or to gaze into them
in order to ingest
to hold this grief
this injustice
and other things that words can’t really carry

An explosion during an Israeli strike in the northern Gaza Strip is pictured from the Israeli border with Gaza, before a cease-fire takes effect
An explosion during an Israeli strike in the northern Gaza Strip is pictured from the Israeli border with Gaza, early morning July 26, 2014, before a cease-fire takes effect.  REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

Palestinians inspect the rubble of destroyed houses in the Shejaia neighbourhood, which witnesses said was heavily hit by Israeli shelling and air strikes during an Israeli offensive, in Gaza City
Palestinians inspect the rubble of destroyed houses in the Shejaia neighbourhood, which witnesses said was heavily hit by Israeli shelling and air strikes during an Israeli offensive, in Gaza City July 26, 2014.

REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

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water:

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A passenger removes his shoes to make his way through a flooded underpass at Worthing Station, West Sussex, as many across the south of the UK received a rude interuption to the recent spell of hot, sunny weather.
Picture: MARK PAWLAK/PA – telegraph

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while the tomatoes are spare

training day one:
what nemo (northeast missouri) looks like
from a bike at 7am
fog lifting up off the fields
around the 2-lane highway that we’ve
got so to ourselves
that mica rides the smooth center line

the novelty of  being on a bike
just for the movement and muscle itself
(since becoming a bike-commuter 16 years ago
i’ve never looked at biking this way
[oh, i'll get up in the morning and go for a ride])
and how my situation allows for this
(as in, if i was still biking 5 miles to the shuttle
and 5 miles back home
three or four days out of the week
i think it would be difficult to wake up on a shuttle or non-shuttle day
and say oh! i’m going to go for a ride)

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roadkill count:
1 possum, youngish looking

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mica notes the turkey with her young following her
across highway M in front of us
lookes more pheasanty to me i say

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jelly-filled doughnut i proclaim/sing
about the sugar cookie accident batter
that became a unusally sweet pancake success
while spreading apricot jam across
the doughnut-tasting pancake

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after setting up the live squirrel trap
(pvc and peanut butter with metal screen
blocking off one end)
we stop at the elderberry bush
shaking the branch until tiny blossoms
shower down into our hair

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emory and i lay our flowers
out on a bench under
the shade of the juniper
orange cosmos
purple larkspur
zinnia pinks and peaches and white
rich red and yellow marigold
yellow/maroon sunflowers (that emory calls sad
because they look droopy)
before we arrange them into bouquets
and wrap rubber bands around their stems

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kombucha experiments
poured into appropriately labeled bottles:
strawberry with sugar
strawberry with maple
strawberry
strawberry peach ginger with sugar
strawberry peach ginger with maple
strawberry peach ginger
maple added
plain

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while the tomatoes are still sparse
the harvest fits in a small metal bowl
that we pass around at meal-time
(one amish paste
one paul robeson)

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tyler calls out the kitchen window
to me in north garden at dusk
while he’s putting sourdough loaves on the cooling racks
and i’m harvesting broccoli so i can continue the
BT-spraying marathon
put a ring on it
which is a continuation
of a rather hilarous impromptu frisbee cheer
semi-inside joke
from the show-me state  games

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orangesweet

small jar of apricot jam
made from the fruits of our tree
contents glowing orangesweet and
quickly disappearing into morning
pancakes

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in grad school, the victories were never clear
i write on thin blue paper
soon to be folded and addressed to san diego

_______

red cardinal
perched on electric line
across the way

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stillness textured by
the trickledrip sound
after the rain has passed
of water at the gutter-rigged catchment
outside the greenhouse

_______

trish sets the water to boil
doles out the dried peppermint
for althea’s aching stomach

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for dinner (chopped and slow cooked and
spiced and mixed by my hands)
veggie masala (with cabbage, carrots and potatoes
plus garbanzos on the side)
cucumber raita
rice
salad and lemon tahini dressing
prepared to sounds from the
quietwarm softslow soundtrack
including but not limited to
teratoma
antony and the johnsons
fever ray
blonde redhead
otis redding
yann tiersen
rachel’s
rasputina
devotchka
with a one-song interruption
so emory can show his michael jackson moves
to the visitors

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you can really taste the sweet
tyler says
of the guests’ water kefir
that makes a celebratory pop
when we open the bottles
orange lemon flavor
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what should the title be mica asks
let’s get ripped i respond
(which reminds me of liz
and our adventures to the gym
in that place that both of us have probably
mostly tried to erase from our memories)
and so it is
a triathalon training calendar
where purple = run
blue = swim
and green = bike

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mica’s frog sounds
echoing back from the
freshly filled pit
at the cistern site

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fog so thick on sunset walk
the bugs must mistake it for rain
because nary a one lands on me
or buzzes in my face
or bites me
the entire way there or back

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darien and i
approach, pass each other and recede
on the back road
under a fog shroud
slightly pinked
flanked by the glow of all the greens

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from the water world:

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A Hindu devotee takes a dip as she collects holy water from the Bagmati river during the Bol Bom pilgrimage in Sundarijaal on the outskirts of Katmandu, Nepal.
Picture: Niranjan Shrestha/AP – telegraph

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squiggled up

thunder/lightning/gray sky morning
clouds and their edges floating past
out panorama-shaped loft window
is what draws me out of bed

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something like purslane
but not quite
tugs out of the ground in one flat piece
and i wear it on my head
darien says it looks circa flapper style
emory and trish and joe try it on
reminds me of vita kitchen days
wearing an outside leaf of a cabbage
(purple or green)
as hat/hairpiece

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my hand (half inside, half outside)
under the mini waterfall
where rain rolls off the hoop house plastic
where we are obliterating the weeds
which is  a good place
to do such a thing on a thunderstormy morning

without doors on the structure
and the sides rolled down
we are in the rain without really being
in the rain
lightning flashing over us
visible through plastic ceiling

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green stripe (lime)
and redorange stripes
of green/gray/black garter snake
squiggled up under a scrap of black plastic
in the hoop house
(google tells me
after i search garter snake red stripe green stripe
and look through images
that it is a western plains garter snake)
and this is what the impressive creature looked like:
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three pieces of blue paper
front and back
folded and addressed
to new orleans

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like madelines trish and joe say
of trish’s mom’s sugar cookie recipe

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i stand corrected
it’s kama:
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not comma:
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but i like thinking of slicing up weeds
with a piece of punctuation anyway

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triathalon training calendar
(three month)
(three pages)
on the couch in upstairs karma

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from the water world:

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A herd of goats graze at the almost dried out Maria Cristina reservoir near Castellon. Spain’s southeast is suffering the worst drought after the driest winter in 150 years.- voice of america, day in photos

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Daniel Gallegos drinks water while the temperature remains in the triple digits in Las Vegas. Gallegos says he drinks two gallons of water a day to stay cool in the furry costume.
Picture: AP Photo/John Locher – telegraph

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People use a plastic sheet to protect themselves from strong wind and heavy rainfall as Typhoon Matmo hits Hefei, China.
– bbc, day in photographs

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gold gold and pink gold

we line up behind the truck
to push it down the gravel
in order to pop the clutch
so it can start
and when it does we hop in
with files and hoes

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the cutting-through
of hoe blade to weeds
in field thirteen
(sorghum)
_______

sun-pinked arms after a day
in the tomatoes
with the comma for cutting down weeds
and a fine wet stone for sharpening
and a bucket of baling twine
and red handled scissors

_______

after dinner
emory passes around the first amish paste tomato
i plucked from the rows and rows of vines
each of us taking a bite
and passing to our left
sweet and tangy

_______

sky spilled with gold
(gold gold and pink gold
and perhaps some amethyst too)
glow edging the clouds

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i’m not writing about gaza
because i don’t want to
but because i can’t
language hasn’t been made yet
not for this

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A Palestinian man cries after bringing a child, wounded in an Israeli strike on a compound housing a U.N. school in Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip, to the emergency room of the Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahiy
a. – voice of america, day in photos

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A Palestinian man holds a girl injured during shelling at a U.N.-run school sheltering Palestinians, at a hospital in the northern Gaza Strip. – time

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Displaced Palestinians from Beit Hanoun sleep inside the UNRWA school in Jabalia. – time

Palestinians take cover as warning Israeli air strikes are fired at a nearby building in Gaza City
Palestinians take cover as warning Israeli air strikes are fired at a nearby building in Gaza City.
(Finbarr O’Reilly—Reuters)

Casualties mount in Gaza City, Israel expands ground operation
A doctor cries while standing next to a table with the bodies of four dead children in overflowing morgue of the Shifa hospital in Gaza City.
(Oliver Weiken—EPA)

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from the water world:

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Buses are stranded in a flooded street in Fuzhou, Fujian province, China. Typhoon Matm headed into China after hitting Taiwan and it was downgraded from typhoon to tropical storm.
– voice of america, day in photos

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A young girl plays in a fountain to keep cool on a hot summers day in Shanghai. Picture: JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images

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because we’ve been connected

a goodbye hug on mainstreet
(one of us still unclothed from the pond)
which is kindof not a big deal
because we’ve been connected already for 14 years
the majority of which has been between mid and west coast via mail
but also kindof is (a big deal)

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once again, frisbee has made
broken-feeling things in my body
feel good again i say
heading to the line
to pin my field-sweated clothes to it

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i’m going to be your person this morning
i tell emory and simon
while we walk up whitehouse stairs

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splash sounds
in the pond
(various contests
simon and emory counting down)
while i tie yellow baling twine
to Tposts
and weave it down the row
while the tomato tar marks me
(forearms, fingers, hands)

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emory wearing a shirt
we might all be envious of
(lavender colored
with a black/white photo of a dog
wearing shiny heart shaped sunglasses
and a million hearts in different bright colors
bursting forth
in all directions)

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a name for that thing a first child never gets over
(the readjusting to the usurping of mama’s attention
by a newborn)

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pan of blondies
balanced on
porch table
which is really a bench

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secret ballot is the name of the parlor game
wherein people write questions on pieces of paper
and someone reads them to the group aloud
(they are yes/no questions)
and then the secret ballot box
is passed around
and a black bean is dropped in for yes
or a white bean is dropped in for no
the box itself (in this case, a scotch tape roll box)
is concealing
so no one can tell what color bean you dropped in
the rules: there is no discussion/votes remain anonymous

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from the water world:

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U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama (C) and the Partnership for a Healthier America show a giant “Drink Up” logo, as part of the “Drink Up” campaign aimed at encouraging people to drink more water, on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington.
– voice of america, day in photos

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A Tokyo DisneySea cast member (L) sprays a bucketful of water towards guests during a special summer attraction called “Minnie’s Tropical Splash” at Tokyo DisneySea in Urayasu. – voice of america, day in photos

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