lightnig zagging across

morning challah french toast station set up
on butcher block complete with written instructions
i harvest six strawberries to slice on top
with a dollop of yogurt and drips of maple

_______

digging new beds on this
80 degree morning
using the shoulder of my shirt to wipe sweat
from my face
_______

i call out an inky pinky
with a pitchfork full of pummies
clue: mulch zombie
answer: pummie mummie
and trish responds with
clue: poop scoop
answer: bowel trowel
and clue: academic stretch
answer: scholastic elastic

_______

fuzzy jumping spider
in the truck door frame
while we trim down and pre-pull
sorghum starts from styrofoam pondscum trays

_______

mischievous darien says
when i ask him what word he used
to describe my laugh last year
and i’d still use it now he says

_______

phoenix and i laughing like siblings
hitting each other
with the baby sorghum stalks
while the tractor ambles forward
towing four of us facing backwards
on the old tobacco transplanter
dropping root-bound starts
into the rotating rubber-lined
gripper pockets

_______

tractor/transplanter view:
lightning zagging across sky
and later, a huge thunder cracking
tyler calls out something about
a good time to get struck by lightning
while we laugh at proposing the
rubber will ground/protect us

_______

trish carries in the speaker
so we can hear the bass
while 8-minute-abbing it
on the office floor
laughing so hard
it is difficult to keep up with the
push-throughs

_______

30 feet up in the white pine
hugging on
in the wind under a
stippled sky
sap stuck to skin
i wish it was 30 feet taller or
that the tree lines around were 30 feet shorter
so i could see
from horizon to horizon
as the sun sets

_______

shadow of stair slats
thrown by dresser-top candle
onto east-facing wall
cricket/grasshopper and frog sounds
drift in open window

_______

from the water world:

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An Indian resident carrying a baby runs from waves on the promenade during a high tide in Mumbai.
– voice of america, day in photos

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A Pakistani man cools himself in a stream on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan after temperature reached 45 degrees Celsius (113 Fahrenheit). Many cities in Pakistan are facing heat wave conditions with temperatures reaching up to 50 degrees Celsius (122 Fahrenheit) in some places. Picture: AP Photo/B.K. Bangash

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