the day the detail collector turned five

lounging with a book on a tentless tent platform
down by the newer pond
post-dinner at dancing rabbit
the stillness of the water’s surface
the texture and shape of the old osage orange tree i am under
the birds (red winged blackbirds and others) landing on its branches
temperature: perfect (as if there is no skin between me
and the air surrounding)
sun lowering into the west
rachel finds me and
instead of walking we co-lounge
until the moon is above us
feels like summer rachel says
wind lifting up the front flaps of my button-down cotton shirt

we laugh at the call of the woodcock
not because the sound itself is funny
but because it has been doing this for 5 months now
and the chances of that bird finding a mate
are close to nil
but he’s going for it anyway

later over popcorn
we discuss the various merits
of cities
and of rural places


from the water world:

Haiti Student Protest
A student affected by tear gas is helped during clashes between students and the national police in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Wednesday, May 7, 2014. Students are protesting to demand authorities respond to their striking teachers’ demands for higher pay and improved working conditions. Students are concerned they will not be able to take exams which allow them to move on to the next level. Public school teachers across Haiti have been on strike for one week. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

An Orthodox priest sprinkles water during a religious ceremony in front of the coffins of four people killed during last week’s operation, in the center of Slovyansk, eastern Ukraine, Wednesday, May 7, 2014. The U.S. and European nations have increased diplomatic efforts ahead of Ukraine’s May 25 presidential election, as a pro-Russian insurgency continues to rock the country’s eastern regions. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)



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