how the color reveals itself

when the leaves are purple like that
i think they need potassium
put some potash on ’em, yknow
and when they’re yellow
they need nitrogen
trish says about the sometimes stunted
sometimes purple-leafed broccoli
in four varieties (fiesta, solstice, green sprouting and waltham)
as we pluck the small plants
from the wooden flats and drop them
into trowel-dug holes
in south garden, beds 18 and 19
_______
two inches is the space
we leave between the carrots as we thin
(leaving the volunteer dill to
grow on the edges of the beds)
and four inches for the beets
_______
such a sweet family trish says
of umbelliferae
s
after i ask what family
dill is in
(same family as carrots, parsnips, parsley, cilantro, celery, fennel, and so on)
_______
mo and i unweaving
the fabric of last year’s maypole
how the color reveals itself
as something other than sunbleached
when we lift back the layers
whose long locks
hang mane-like
in our hands
_______
cynthia whipping past on the riding mower
mow-town mondays
as she calls it
in her dark hoodie and sunglasses
on looking tough as hell
as she wheels and rolls along
i can’t tell if it’s frightening she says
or fun

_______
when something is funny baigz says
how you stretch it out,
keep running with it,
make it sparkley
_______

even though i begin at two and dinner
isn’t until six i find myself
racing the clock still
to get it all done
(it all includes:
•grinding the flour
then sifting it
then making the dough
then letting it sit and kneading it and
turning it onto small spheres and pressing the spheres out
(first in tortilla press and then with a rolling pin),
cutting them in half and tracing water along their edges
before turning them into a cone i hold in one hand
while i fill it with the samosa filling with the other
and then crimp the edges and poke with a fork
•harvesting the parsley, cilantro, wild garlic
and combining these in the blender
with vinegar, miso, etc to make
green goddess dressing
•scrubbing the potatoes
then chopping them
then cooking them in boiling water
•cooking the garbanzos and
then sauteeing them in coconut oil and soy sauce
•cooking the rice then cooking it again
in milk with maple and salt and
ground chai spices plus saffron
•toasting the pecans
•chopping the ends off of the asparagus
tossing the asparagus in oil
then laying them on pans and tossing them
in the oven
•cooking the defrosted peas/peppers
and then chopping and adding in the greens
•toasting the whole spices (cumin, peppercorn, clove) and then
grinding them after they cool
then tossing them into the skillet
with oil and the potatoes and veggies
and sauteeing
•washing the cooking dishes
which, for a meal like this,
seems to be most of the dishes in the kitchen)
______

you need a picture of you in a shirt i tell baigz
that says ‘my body, my choice’
with you throwing up your middle fingers and us
flanking you like ‘what’
_______
settling in the saddle of that tree
i say to mo about the
copper coin of the setting sun
landing in the crotch of
a peach tree in the backyard
orchard
_______
ashby the cat licking
the slightest hints of samosa dough
off my outstretched fingers
in the green green green! of the
just-cut spring grass

_______
from the water world:
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People celebrate Clean Monday (or Wet Monday) in Lviv, western Ukraine. Clean Monday is a Ukrainian Christian tradition celebrated on the first day after Orthodox Easter.  – voice of america, day in photos

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bursting into new

how we crouch down
in the fortsythia
binoculars dangling from
my neck and a bottle of bubbles
in my hand
_______
for you mama emory says
carrying clover sprout
with a bubble resting on top
which trish blows off while it remains
whole
_______
me asking emory how to hold/throw a
throwing star as we stand facing the board
with a target drawn on it leaning up against
the horse barn
you’ve got better aim and i’ve got better speed he says
and with our skills combined i say
we’d make the best throwing star force ever
_______

so green i say while we pond float
in the canoe
emory with his bullfrog catching net and me with
the old paddle headed towards
the south shore where everything
is bursting into new growth
against drizzle-gray sky
_______
sound of drizzle-mist on plastic
greenhouse roof where baigz drops
winter squash seeds into just-pressed soil blocks and i
failingly attempt to use em’s metal detector
to find the drill bits that jumped ship
as the knox college student
whose name i can’t remember
but whose open face and soft quietness
i do
took down the winterizing
a week ago
_______
i’ve got a scar everywhere emory says
as he changes from (figure-head
falling into pond from canoe) wet to dry
from thorns and scratches and blades and scrapes
his voice drifting out from his room

(where one can follow the wet footprints
to find him) to me on the lookfar porch where
i stand catching a red-headed woodpecker
through the binoculars
_______
stan delighting in my poncho/pink hood combo
as i welcome him back
from the texas inspection
they call me the rain man he says
_______
distance is a powerful aphrodisiac
corinne says over in athens, ohio
where i can hear frogs in the background
that sound the same as our frogs
(spring peepers, tree frogs and
the ones that sound like running your finger
along the teeth of a comb)
_______
from the water world:
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A clay pot full of water is thrown from a balcony during the Greek Orthodox Easter tradition of “Botides” on Holy Saturday marking the so-called “First Resurrection”, on the island of Corfu, Greece. -voice of america, day in photos

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Indian villagers take part in community fishing in Mayong village in Morigaon district of Assam state. -voice of america, day in photos
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happy may day, ya’ll (keep loving/keep fighting for a more humane world):

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Kindergarten workers hit kitchenware and shout anti-government slogans during a protest demanding an increase in their monthly wages on the occasion of May Day in Chandigarh, India. -voice of america, day in photos

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Police stand in formation as they clash with protesters at a traditional May Day demonstration in Paris, France. -voice of america, day in photos

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Bangladeshi workers and activists participate in a May Day rally in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sunday, May 1, 2016. Trade unions and other groups were staging rallies around the world Sunday to mark International Workers Day. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)
Bangladeshi workers and activists participate in a May Day rally in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sunday, May 1, 2016. Trade unions and other groups were staging rallies around the world Sunday to mark International Workers Day. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)

Workers march in front of a banner with a message that reads in Spanish "The fist of unity, defeating the traitorous policies of MAS," during a May Day march, in La Paz, Bolivia, Sunday, May 1, 2015.  Left-wing groups, governments and trade unions were staging rallies around the world Friday to mark International Workers Day, also known as May Day. The banner refers to the government party Movement Towards Socialism, led by President Evo Morales. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

Workers march in front of a banner with a message that reads in Spanish “The fist of unity, defeating the traitorous policies of MAS,” during a May Day march, in La Paz, Bolivia, Sunday, May 1, 2015. Left-wing groups, governments and trade unions were staging rallies around the world Friday to mark International Workers Day, also known as May Day. The banner refers to the government party Movement Towards Socialism, led by President Evo Morales. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

 

A member of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions scuffles with police officers as they block her march during a May Day rally  in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, May 1, 2016. Thousands of workers rallied to demand better working conditions and urge companies to stop using temporary employees. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
A member of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions scuffles with police officers as they block her march during a May Day rally in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, May 1, 2016. Thousands of workers rallied to demand better working conditions and urge companies to stop using temporary employees. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

People March during May Day parade at Revolution Square, in Havana, Cuba, Sunday, May 1, 2016.  Thousands converged on the square for the traditional May Day march. (Ramon Espinosa, Pool Photo via AP)
People March during May Day parade at Revolution Square, in Havana, Cuba, Sunday, May 1, 2016. Thousands converged on the square for the traditional May Day march. (Ramon Espinosa, Pool Photo via AP)

Protesters, mostly workers, burn an effigy of Philippine President Benigno Aquino III to mark the International Labor Day Sunday, May 1, 2016 in Manila, Philippines. The protesters are demanding among others, better wages and salaries, an end to contractual labor, better working conditions and retirement benefits, less taxes, public and not privatized social services, and the assertion of national sovereignty against foreign domination and control.(AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
Protesters, mostly workers, burn an effigy of Philippine President Benigno Aquino III to mark the International Labor Day Sunday, May 1, 2016 in Manila, Philippines. The protesters are demanding among others, better wages and salaries, an end to contractual labor, better working conditions and retirement benefits, less taxes, public and not privatized social services, and the assertion of national sovereignty against foreign domination and control.(AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

Taiwanese workers shout slogans "Strive for Working Right, Want Indemnifier" during a May Day rally in Taipei, Taiwan, Sunday, May 1, 2016. Thousands of protesters from different labor groups protest on the street to ask for raising minimum wage and shorter working hours. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)

Taiwanese workers shout slogans “Strive for Working Right, Want Indemnifier” during a May Day rally in Taipei, Taiwan, Sunday, May 1, 2016. Thousands of protesters from different labor groups protest on the street to ask for raising minimum wage and shorter working hours. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)

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Activists of the Sri Lankan Marxist political party Peoples’ Liberation Front, clad in skeleton costumes march, carry bags symbolizing what they call capitalistic exploitations during a rally in Colombo.

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Turkish protesters shout slogans during a May Day rally organised by labour unions in Ankara. (ADEM ALTAN/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

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Foreign nationals working as domestics workers take part in a parade to mark May Day and to highlight their plight in the Lebanese capital, Beirut. (ANWAR AMRO/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

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Members of the General Workers Union (UGT) and Comisiones Obreras (CCOO) take part in a May Day rally in Valencia, Spain. (HEINO KALIS/REUTERS)

Foreign labors in Taiwan shout slogans during a May Day rally in Taipei, Taiwan, Sunday, May 1, 2016. Thousands of protesters from different labor groups staged a rally on a street to ask for raising minimum wage and shorter working hours.  (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)
Foreign labors in Taiwan shout slogans during a May Day rally in Taipei, Taiwan, Sunday, May 1, 2016. Thousands of protesters from different labor groups staged a rally on a street to ask for raising minimum wage and shorter working hours. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)

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until i am upon

the garden shed tree frog
pale gray
in its roost / post
tucked along door frame and
the place where tool brushes hang
_______
how i think i see something
in the distance down the road as i pedal
in dusk fog
not sure until i am upon them
a startle of 10 or so deer and unlike
passing in a car i can hear their hooves
in the wet grass
_______
lightning bug
on the outside of the loft window
which means when its butt glows
i get a clear close view

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bonnet surprise

in south garden as we
plant onions (tropea and red bull varieties)
and i am laughing so hard
tears are gathering in my eyelashes
while we come up with stupid ridiculous
ice cream names and flavors for our
hippy/mennonite themed shop
(bonnet surprise, dirty dog, dingle berry crunch, horse and buggy heath and butterfinger, compost swirl)
_______
sadness
i say

curling in
at dusk
_______
i trust you and your decisions
she writes

to be thoughtful and conscious
i do not say this lightly
_______

on the first pulls
how the saw teeth catch
on the grains of wood
(of a sad dowel,
a rustic hockey stick,
several scraps that might be cedar but i’m not sure)
_______
joesph showing me
the dry wall anchors as i
incrementally lean in
to ever-so-closely
finishing building the closet
(and, let’s be clear here,
closet is a sawed-off hockey stick
mounted to the wall and hanging
from the ceiling)
_______

standing on five gallon bucket
on top of a chair as i
reach up and try best i can
do keep the drill at 90 degrees
drywall crumbles drizzling down
into my hair, my eyes
_______

the put put put put put of
something, perhaps wine, burbling
in the karma closet
just outside my room
_______

takes a psychic toll cynthia says
of the things we collectively
cleared off the back porch
out of the costume box
off the back hallway shelves
out of the office closet
etc
_______
from the water world:
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People play on a beach along the Arabian Sea on a hot summer day in Mumbai, India. – voice of america, day in photos

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A Sri Lankan man waters his vegetable garden cultivated on the banks of river Kelani in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Many Sri Lankans living in urban areas maintain kitchen gardens for their daily consumption. – voice of america, day in pho tos

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so green it almost

how i ride
the long way around which means
i pass ted and bear on their bikes
headed town-wards
and can see what i think
to be bob walking through the field
and then there is new sky
opening over us on new land
which is so green / hill-rolly
(spring burst) so green
it almost hurts
______
live to the edges bruin says
of your energetic body

instead of saying it’s not working
you vacate part of your body
what do you need to do to keep
your arms, your legs

______
egg salad, egg egg salad we
spontaniously improvise
around the butcher block
before dinner
_______
so pointy (sharp) i joke
about trish’s home baked crackers
we better be careful not to let them slip
off our plates
_______
down the back road for
post dinner sunset walk
asby and gibbus (cats)
trotting after me
for the distance (mile, at least)
never, before, have i met cats who
go for walks with me
_______
from the water world:
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A boy floats in a pond to cool off on a hot summer day on the outskirts of Kolkata, India. – voice of america, day in photos

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green glowing / when we emerge

beyonce singing pretty hurts
while trish and i undo
the office closet in the name of
deep clean
me culling stinky shampoos and her
sifting through garden paperwork
while baigz and joanna work it out in the jar room
and cynthia and arielle show the back hallway no mercy
and mo hits the herb and spice shelves
_______
hum-singing: oooh it’s just me myself and i
solo rider til i die cuz i
got me for life
oooh i don’t need a hand to hold
even when the night is cold
i got this fire in my soul
on the drive to zims

on the walk up to the post office door
on the drive back home
on the walk down the highway
later i talk about
this anthem of independence
and how good it feels to carry
in my blood and
what it means about how i relate
to being in relationship

_______
how i only notice the wild strawberries
off canada road because i duck into the woods
to pee before i hit the highway
and when i crouch down
i gasp with delight/surprise at seeing
their white blooms
_______

about the sky:
everything is haze-covered,
like it could rain any minute
or liek it is raining somewhere in the distance
yet there are patches of clouds and not clouds
moving over
_______
the bright yellow of trish’s sweater
against the pale but not quite pastel
sea foam color of her jeans
as we park/talk in sandhill parking spot
sharing/listening
about commitments, marriage, wedding
_______

the howl/hum/suck of wind
followed by the noise of hail
on metal door as heard from
inside the root cellar where we all gather
because our neighbor called to tell us of
a nearby tornado sighting
in the echoey underground
joe cranks the emergency weather radio
while mo and i pass around dried black currants
and emory calls jack up onto his lap
and when we emerge
the lightning snakes on forever
lighting up nightyard
night trees
green glowing hills and new leaves
how i sit on the porch for at least a half hour
watching the scraggles bloom and fade
in the east
in the north
in the south
feeling the draw/desire to climb the white pine
to hug myself to the trunk in its sway to watch it all but
knowing better
_______
dirty johnny and frankie danger
we laugh and later laugh again
about johnny, frankie and joey
in our tough louiz voice

_______

from the water world:
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A child carries buckets of water as people wait to get drinking water from a donor’s truck at a village of Dala township at outskirts of Yangon, Myanmar. Myanmar suffers from drought and drinking water shortages in at least 10 regions due to the El Nino weather phenomenon.

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tangling across sky

laughter in the future tomato beds
before the rains come
at the whip-like dandelion root
plucked from the soil in its entirity
_______
yoga dance
i call

the thing i did this morning
triangles, warriors and lunges
to rihanna and justin bieber in my earphones
_______
it’s all muscle memory jazz says
about how to roll on the banjo
it’s all muscle memory mo says
about claw hammering on the banjo
and then she plays
in sawmill tuning
the clucky hen song
in the dimming kitchen
_______
barefoot in the hoophouse where
the stormy wind ripples through
the bright of lightning pulsing/strobing and
thunder let loose
in sonic strings tangling
across sky while i
winter collards from the future pepper beds
as mo pulls lambs quarters and chickweed
do raincoats ever really work i say layered
against the weather
ponchos she replies
_______

the shiny green
of cilantro leaves
volunteer-sprouting up
through the mulch in the spring
hoophouse onion beds
_______

the toad with the what seems swollen sticky outy tongue
taking cover in the clover as i dig
holes along the cistern for sunflower planting
_______
egg salad, triple cheese spinach dip, chickweed pesto,
sourdough onion rolls, home-baked rye bread and toast points
plus quiche
this, i say, is the most decadent potluck
ever
_______

slipping into sleep under xmas lights
like how we’d do at
calle del arroyito
waking curled
teeth unbrushed and fully clothed
_______

from the water world:
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People relax after applying mud on their bodies to cool off on a hot summer day on the banks of the Kanchon Mala lake in the outskirt of Agartala, India.– voice of america, day in photos

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A Serbian Orthodox pilgrim immerses himself in the waters of the Jordan River at the Qasr al-Yahud baptismal site, near the West Bank city of Jericho, as part of an Easter pilgrimage to the holy Land.
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