to the borderlands

today’s blessing
sun so warm
that when perched in a protected
patch of it
i can unzip and remove
the ancient fleece
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i ask trish if we need to pack
la camiseta blanca
and she says
barb and mucho macho
have got whole new outfits
for this adventure
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a report of paperbark trees
from a so-cal highway
and a request sent in response
to kiss the ocean for me
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a little slip in my step
across the field of old snow
(some turned to mud)
and dying alfalfa
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over a bowl of buttered
himalyan-salted
sandhill popcorn
leon and i work out the lyrics
to the borderlands/river song
(how to communicate
the ache of the cold of a desert night
on top of the chill that comes from
day-long sun
plus the parching
and the thread of a land that supports life
only if one knows how to navigate it
or can afford the time it takes to adapt)
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puppet show mica tells me
featuring hank (a dog played by a gorilla?)
and ashby (a cat played by a little lion)
in spanish
titled el inspector salud
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these kids are not hard chane says yet
i’ve worked with so many inner city
immigrant youth who are so angry
and so hard