deep as we can dig

granola-the-cat’s right eye
sealed shut by infection


i flipped through the photos i said
to hold the narratives i tell
up against the narratives the pictures tell
to see where they line up and where they diverge

breeze carrying
the spring sweetness
of white honey locust blooms
down the drive

88 degrees on the thermometer
cloudless sky
us and the tomato starts wilting
but we transplant deep as we can dig
into cool clay soil


slippery (dry) pummies beneath my sandaled feet
sweat gathering behind my knees
and at the bridge of my nose


so many days in a row of dry
that when hank chases behind us (us in a four-door)
all we can see behind us
is a cloud of dust
and an image of hank occasionally emerging


lounging pond-side
under the osage orange (presumed to be dead
based on lack of green sprouting from it)
and surrounded by the leaves of other greenery
(including gooseberry) flapping against each other
in the breeze


rachel and i name all the birds we hear
from the pond platform
at the right time of night (when they all get going)
rose breasted grosbeak (it looks like someone slit its throat
and blood is dripping down its neck)
redwinged blackbird
song sparrow
hens low sparrow (shortest song of all birds ever
i ask if that’s anything like playing the world’s smallest violin)
common yellow throat (whose song sounds like witchety which which which)
eastern king bird (they’re pretty, they’re sleek)


that’s the problem with dead birds
i say they’re too gorgeous


medium sized pot over
high heat
popcorn going off under the lid
while rachel mixes the seasoning
(salt, nutritional yeast, tarragon)


from the water world:

A boy cools himself in a fountain just outside Kremlin in Moscow, Russia. – voice of america, day in photos

Christian pilgrims dip in the water at the baptismal site known as Qasr el-Yahud on the banks of the Jordan River near the West Bank city of Jericho.

Chilean students clash with riot police during a demonstration near the Congress headquaters where Chilean President Michelle Bachelet delivered her annual message in Valparaiso, Chile.
Picture: MARTIN BERNETTI/AFP/Getty Images – the telegraph

A Balinese Hindu man pours holy water for believers as they celebrate Galungan Day at a temple in Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia.
Picture: Agung Parameswara/Getty Images – the telegraph


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