bloodmobile humming

on the ten minute timer
in the interest of an 8hour sleep that begins
as close to 12am as i can get
(current time: 12:13am)

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wednesday mornings
a kind of christmas
bagels piled nearly to the ceiling
and pastries are the gold this time

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speaking of which
i think it was somewhere on cecilia vicuña’s page
where she says
water is today’s gold

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my students
in a circle
in the sun
we sketch out homepages
on graph paper
while the theater kids
run to the fountain at the grass edge
some of them
jumping in
the bloodmobile humming
in revelle plaza

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this song
rolling
in the background
in honor of flashing back to the city of green bay wisconsin and the 4.5 years i lived there
got to know the river and bridges and paper factories and packers cheers on the weekends and the basement of that club called ‘the option’ and the crew of weirdos we rolled with
including isabel in her cochesita
tam in her red hoodie
kim in her skin and bones
angie in her black clothes and kmfdm shirt
riq, wielder of the hot iron, singe of flesh scented air
brent who could tell you how to say cucumber in english
who delivered secret drawing packages to the library check out desk
who lived in his truck in my driveway
reading the scroll of longing
joann in her aprons eating ting ting jahe’s with me
from the tin at the formica table
that song also in honor of the last question of the poem
that asks the same thing
that song
in honor of my own reverberations

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the flower
on my windowsill string of pearls plant
that has been almost blooming
for four days now
today
halfbursting
a succulent teaching a human
the patience lesson

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your voice rattling down the line
from the urban ‘rainforest’
that the green of the north
could meet the backayrd chickens of the south

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yoga sweat
surfacing and a trickle down my face
while we walk with our hands instead of our feet
while we do something like chair pose with one ankle resting on the other knee
while jen adjusts my shoulders and hips into a single plane with hand and eyes skywards