of the first cicadas

bright yellow finches
diving into the north
garden patch of sun-
flowers feasting
on the seeds

_______

rote ursling and yukon
new potatoes dug up from look far field
hauled in buckets
and dumped onto drying racks
labeled by variety
with black sharpie on masking tape

_______

post-lunch we discuss
panties vs. underwear vs. manties
and it’s the second time this week
i find myself saying i don’t like something
because of the (hyper) feminization
being applied to it

_______

14 buckets of greens
processed into 22 quarts
(blanched and frozen
for the winter)
the intensity:
industrial fan sucking hot wet air
out of the kitchen
two big pots of boiling water
set to a 3-minute timer each
the buzz of the radio on various classic rock stations
(the songs tyler and i laugh at include:
bad to the bone
smokin in the boys rom
life in the fast lane)
the mess we make
(shreds of kale on the floor
spills of water
bazillions of buckets filled with
brassica stem compost)
and the cleaning up we finish with

_______

story:
how a mama cow
busted through the gate
to get to her baby
that had been weaned from her
(in this case
weaned is another way of saying
abducted)
and the howling/crying/wailing
of the mama-less calves

_______

sound of tyler’s guitar
looped up
drifting through the gardens while i
clip off deadheads
some for saving seed
(orange cosmos
indigo bachelor’s button
various varieties of marigold
calendula)
some just for lopping off

_______

like the starting up
of a motor
the shrill/pitch/buzz
of the first cicadas
cranking up in the
karma pond woods

_______

from the water world:

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Voodoo pilgrims bathe in a waterfall believed to have purifying powers during the annual celebration in Saut d’ Eau, Haiti.
Picture: AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery

People take cover under tree after strong winds brought by Typhoon Rammasun, locally called Glenda, battered capital, metro Manila
People take cover under a tree after strong winds brought by Typhoon Rammasun, locally called Glenda, battered the capital, metro Manila, Philippines
. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

People stand with umbrellas during a rainstorm along the 43rd street at Times Square in New York
People stand with umbrellas during a rainstorm along the 43rd street at Times Square in New York.
REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

 

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