tree, shrub, bookstorm

mica and i high-five as we pass each other
(her headed in and me headed out
on the out-and-back portion of
the run portion of today’s
brick (bike + followed by run) training)
i know why they call it a brick
i call out to her
it’s because it makes your legs feel like a brick
later, when we path-cross in the kitchen
over vegan pancakes
she says
i think you’re wrong about the brick
clarifying
it doesn’t make your legs feel like a brick
it makes your whole body feel like a brick
_______

so you’re the one in charge of the cabbage patch
ami jokes/laughs in that ami joking/laughing voice in the drivers seat
and i laugh back
while we head what seems south
on highway 15
this is what we’re woven with
_______

madix on his first horse ride
wants to knowwhere is the place
on the horse
to put the sword
howdy i call out to emory
as he makes his way around
on the tall brown horse
after his break
and georgia in the chair next to me
drops her water bottle twice
and twice i pick it up
and wipe off the cap
with the sleeve of my tshirt
all the while sitting still becomes hotter
because of the nonmovement+sun

_______

fabulous red cap
with iridescent sparkles
sent from jdawg
arrives in manila
in the mail today
that and a zebra stripe card

_______

let me know if you want a mini
mica offers
which, in itself, is healing
and i am grateful

_______

we laugh in stupid spanish
que terrible! que lastima! por que no?
hoping jose doesn’t mind
(which he doesn’t seem to
a guess later confirmed)
while we unearth the final row
in lookfarther field
of potatoes

_______

celebratory finishing-potatoes drink
mixed up by amber who says
she doesn’t know what she is doing
but she is wrong:
limeaid plus mint plus
agua con gas

_______

madix on his belly on the swing
while i do the tree – shrub trick
with grass seed
and continue to do so
fulfilling various requests:
tree, shrub, tornado!
tree, shrub, book storm!
tree, shrub, hail storm!
tree, shrub, lightning!
tree, shrub, dog storm!
tree, shrub, noodles!

_______

you just had dinner jose declares
in a kitchen that filled with
joy and light
(blame it on the spaniard)
while i bite into a piece of sourdough
with a paul robeson tomato
sliced on top

_______

war:

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A Palestinian girl who lost five family members in what medics said was Israeli shelling during Israel’s ground offensive, weeps outside a hospital in Beit Lahita in the northern Gaza Strip.
– voice of america, day in photos

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A South Korean student displays a message during a rally against the Israeli military operations in Gaza and the West Bank near the Israeli Embassy in Seoul, South Korea.
– voice of america, day in photos

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A Palestinian, who fled his family’s house following the Israeli offensive, sleeps as he takes refuge inside a classroom at a United Nations-run school in Jabaliya refugee camp in northern Gaza Strip.
– voice of america, day in photos

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Codepink activists, dressed to symbolize those wounded and killed in Gaza, rally outside the Israeli Embassy in Washington, DC.
– voice of america, day in photos

Palestinian man reacts next to the body of his relative, whom medics said was killed by Israeli shelling near a market in Shejaia, at a hospital in Gaza City
Palestinian man reacts next to the body of his relative, whom medics said was killed by Israeli shelling near a market in Shejaia, at a hospital in Gaza City.
REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

 

______
water:

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A man poses on the stairs outside UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion sporting arena as water flows down from a broken 30 inch water main onto Sunset Boulevard in the Westwood section of Los Angeles, California
.  – voice of america, day in photos

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A pod of dolphins surf a wave in Jeffreys Bay, South AfricaPicture:
Stan Blumberg / Barcroft Media

A man looks at a car that is partially submerged in floodwaters in Novaci
A man looks at a car that is partially submerged in floodwaters in Novaci, southwest Romania.

REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel

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A farmer works in his paddy field despite below-average rainfall during India’s monsoon season
. – bbc, day in photographs

A miner washes after finishing his shift at a coal mine in Choa Saidan Shah, Punjab province
A miner washes after finishing his shift at a coal mine in Choa Saidan Shah, Punjab province, Pakistan.

REUTERS/Sara Farid

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