like ropes like poles

eli’s arms wrapped around
while we walk in the sideyard
like participants in a three legged race
what if you just stayed here
and we walked around like this all day
i joke and he says ok
we used to call him monkey
because of how he would climb up people
like ropes like poles

_______

the tomato weight
(six 5-gallon buckets of them)
behind me
(where grass turns to gravel
the motion requires less effort)

_______

tyler with a vita coco in his hand
says look what i found in memphis
victory
_______

warmer than bathwater
mica and i agree
about our 10 minutes of
light activity
(pondswimming
which means we stay near the surface
on a 97.7 degree day)
which means we are sweating
once we step out

_______

we cheer from the front porch
through the screens
heyyyyyyy! welcome home!!!
as the jet family arrives
along with hazel
who i know only from a story
about how ultimate frisbee
broke his jaw
and he had to eat liquid food
for weeks
while it healed

_______

3 liquid gallons strapped to my back
while i walk up-down the brassicas
after dusk (the edges of clouds renaissance-lit)
swatting at the high-pitch whine near my ears
with the sprayer in my hand
aimed at the plants

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