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:

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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