the sound of wood

3oish
the morning temperature in the greenhouse
after an evening that dipped down into the low 20s/high teens
woodstove cold
but did the job it needed to do
to keep the baby brassicas alive

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we discuss the deadness of a patch of lemongrass

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joseph, holding up the thin pancake to the light
i have no intention of making crepes

smells like a crepe
looks like a crepe
tastes like a crepe
says emory
eating aforementioned thin pancake
with honey and sorghum on top
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just like how they do at sauvie island
i shuffle tomato seeds
down a paper-fold with a pencil-top eraser
(more nimble than a fingertip fumbling with fuzzy seeds)

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sharpie to masking tape i write the varieties
of tomatos, tomatillo and flowers
to tape to the wooden flats:
paul robeson
pink brandywine
german stripe
toma verde
amish paste
orange cosmos
quilatoa lupine
calendula
f’s marigolds

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the sound of wood
squeaking as it splits
in the p.t.o. horizontal splitter

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tyler tells us about the aerosmith-themed ride
named the rock’n’roller coaster at mgm studios
how when you first walk in
it’s as if you’re encountering aerosmith during a recording session
oh hey, we didn’t see you come in they say
from a screen that’s supposed to look like a window into a recording studio
and then invite you along for a ride
in their limousine
that goes from 0 to 60 in three minutes

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at the end of the day
hands the kind of dry
that comes from
working with soil
and the moisture
that a friend-made salve
with soil-grown plants in it
brings

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the rise and fall of water:

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Pupils paddle across a swamp on reed-rafts on their way to Katuit primary school on the shores of the Kenyan Rift Valley’s Lake Baringo. A few dozen students at the school have been cut off by the swelling lake that has now risen to reclaim plains from which it had receded more than a decade ago, according to residents.
– bbc, day in photos