gold gold and pink gold

we line up behind the truck
to push it down the gravel
in order to pop the clutch
so it can start
and when it does we hop in
with files and hoes


the cutting-through
of hoe blade to weeds
in field thirteen

sun-pinked arms after a day
in the tomatoes
with the comma for cutting down weeds
and a fine wet stone for sharpening
and a bucket of baling twine
and red handled scissors


after dinner
emory passes around the first amish paste tomato
i plucked from the rows and rows of vines
each of us taking a bite
and passing to our left
sweet and tangy


sky spilled with gold
(gold gold and pink gold
and perhaps some amethyst too)
glow edging the clouds


i’m not writing about gaza
because i don’t want to
but because i can’t
language hasn’t been made yet
not for this

A Palestinian man cries after bringing a child, wounded in an Israeli strike on a compound housing a U.N. school in Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip, to the emergency room of the Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahiy
a. – voice of america, day in photos

A Palestinian man holds a girl injured during shelling at a U.N.-run school sheltering Palestinians, at a hospital in the northern Gaza Strip. – time

Displaced Palestinians from Beit Hanoun sleep inside the UNRWA school in Jabalia. – time

Palestinians take cover as warning Israeli air strikes are fired at a nearby building in Gaza City
Palestinians take cover as warning Israeli air strikes are fired at a nearby building in Gaza City.
(Finbarr O’Reilly—Reuters)

Casualties mount in Gaza City, Israel expands ground operation
A doctor cries while standing next to a table with the bodies of four dead children in overflowing morgue of the Shifa hospital in Gaza City.
(Oliver Weiken—EPA)


from the water world:

Buses are stranded in a flooded street in Fuzhou, Fujian province, China. Typhoon Matm headed into China after hitting Taiwan and it was downgraded from typhoon to tropical storm.
– voice of america, day in photos


A young girl plays in a fountain to keep cool on a hot summers day in Shanghai. Picture: JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images


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