magpies swooping

i wake in 10 minute increments
sitting up to take in
the shifting purplepink cloudswath sunrise
_______
yoga flow so good (link to sweat yr turtle off)
i am surprised by the quick passage
of forty minutes
_______
though it is a dead-end
i can’t not ride my bike
down a street named leatherman
what i find there:
view of big mountain
to the north
and pink/orange adobe
with blue-trimmed windows
_______
magpies swooping
through yellow swirl of leaves
(one of which touches my cheek
one of which hits my shoulder)
small smile on my face
as i pedal through
forest leaf-decomposing smell
in the desert dry air
_______
the several shades of orange
hair of the woman at the garage
sale down the way who talks
about savoring this
warmth while we have it
_______
between central standard and mountain time
i ask about shifts
about closure, clarity, perspective
regarding things a visit to the motherland can do
i ask about the time between
injury and death
i ask about the name
of the favorite aunt
i ask about names and places
of birth
_______
spaciousness i say
about arranging the day as it
comes to me
_______
10:10pm salsa on the radio
smell of skunk seeping through
sealed windows
stars blinking on in moonless sky

_______

from the water world:

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Traditionally-dressed representatives from South Pacific nations push their canoes into the water as they prepare to participate in a protest aimed at ships leaving the Newcastle coal port, located north of Sydney, Australia. Around 100 protesters formed a blockade using traditional canoes and kayaks to the entrance of the world’s largest coal port demanding a global change to the use of coal. – voice of america, day in photos

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