when we are dethroned

how rabies is described on radiolab
(the disease attaches itself to a nerve
and travels up it until it reaches the brain
how the carrier of the disease wants to drink
but can’t stand water
how this encourages the carrier to bite another
in order to pass the disease along)
and the way emory stares off out the window
from his cherry-pitting station at the table
to listen


darien shows me
how the wood grain comes through
when one works their way through
the grains beginning with 400
and going down to 50


blue sidewalk chalk dust
from four-square demarcations
picked up on yellow water polo ball
while we call out rules and
debate whether the ball landed in or out
mica the birthday royalty

in sequinned kercheif and silvery short skirt
trish in stripes that match the court and the ball
plus a sequin splash on spandex shorts
me in galactic leggings with too-big neon orange cap and
sequin kercheif and wristband
phoenix in purple glittering cape

the gold crown we pass on
when we are dethroned
from square one


i call it the death-scream
the sound i make
while trying to swim/dribble
the water polo ball in
gooseberry pond
with june on defense
swiftly approaching


we sip strawberry smoothie drinks
out of mismatched mugs
our clothes in little piles
on and near
the bench
which is not far from the little dock
that stands at least three feet above the water


do-over! i call
on the sandhill birthday song
that we sing at circle up
for mica and kim’s respective
41 and 35 year mark

happy birthday to you
re so glad youre alive
you’re a gift from the earth
bless the day of your birth


blonde redhead sound-weaving through
the clatter of clean-up dishes
and a conversation across the butcher block
between darien and kim
about nut trees etc.


from the water world:

Pakistani children cool off in a swimming pool in Lahore. Picture: Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images

A fisherman throws his net from a boat into the Rio Joao de Tiba river near the town of Santa Cruz Cabralia, north of Porto Seguro, Brazil
. Picture: REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann


A rainbow is seen from the Argentine side of the Iguazu River at the Iguazu Falls in Puerto Iguazu. Forming a border between Argentina and Brazil, the Iguazu Falls, South America’s largest falls, attract more than 1 million visitors a year.
Picture: REUTERS/Jorge Adorno

Labourers work in a paddy field at Gunowal village on the outskirts of Amritsar
Laborers work in a paddy field at Gunowal village on the outskirts of the northern Indian city of Amritsar.
REUTERS/Munish Sharma


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