of all the birds

thud of 39 year old (my age) american elm
timbering over onto
spring-soft earth

_______

bee landing on green
vest pocket zipper and entering
to crawl into and out of whorls of a
crumpled hanky
_______

triple V of canadian geese
headed west and honking
against pale blue skyness
half dark-winged
and half light-winged 
(sun-luminated glow shining through feathers)

_______
paper ruffling in wind
at backyard picnic table where i
compare notes on
germination and frostdates penciling
brassicas, tomatoes, cucumbers, edamame, flowers
in on the blank calendar

_______

honeybees stan reports
bringing in the first pollen

_______

mechanical/machinery smell tyler calls it
and i say i know exactly what you’re talking about
_______

the names of all the birds
whose calls/shapes/colors
i haven’t yet learned

_______
it’s not an obligation joseph says
it’s a joyride about the film fest
_______

not too muddy but not
quite dry enough either
the spray of damp field
tossed up the back of our calves
from the soles of our cleets

_______

you can tell me that anytime
i say to mica on the field as we
walk it in and she tells me about
a sculpted leg muscle sighting
one time i jumped for the disc

_______

how we howl-scream
emerging from the
just-thawed (30-some degrees) pond
_______

so you wanna start having
our hangouts again emory asks
while we pathwalk (mud and grass)
our way back from the field/pond
_______

gold-orange-pink sunset light
tumbling in greenhouse window
while i break up coir and
sift it in with sand and compost
in the appropriate proportions
mixing it together in galvanized tub
for soil block making
_______
from the water world:
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A protester holds a plank to hide from a police water cannon in Istanbul, during clashes following a protest in memory of a teenager killed in 2013 anti-government demonstrations and whose death has become a rallying cause for opponents of the Turkish president.
  – voice of america, day in photos

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