the sweetness gets stronger

sifting compost through
metal screen i sing
earthy dirt and cloud-streaked
sky my receiver/listener
_______

rumble hum of atv’s curving
their way around
the corner
i raise a hand
hello and
the riders raise a
hand back
_______
mica and i doubled over
working our ab muscles (on ab challenge rest day)
in laughter at the play
that lasts forever in all
its
absurd back and forthness
_______
maybe we need to call you frank-D
tyler calls out
(d as in defense)
on the
ultimate field and
i
yell-cheer in approval
_______
kassandra commenting in the distance
on my
point-score dance move celebration
and that’s not the only one i call out
doing another ridiculous leg lift arm motion dance
_______
sign that, despite the cooler air,
the pond has slightly warmed
since wednesday: lack of howl-screaming
as we emerge
_______
what are you looking forward to dan asks
as we watch the mud/gravel hills recede
from our back-of-truck perch
_______
something like a paint spill
though fainter and whisped
sunset cloud formation swathed
across and color seeping deeper
_______
like running your finger
over the teeth of a comb mica says
describing the sound of
the chorus frogs which
is layered under the sound
of the peepers

_______
the sweetness gets stronger i say
of the licorice in the wellness tea
advocating for its
layered flavor
_______
chorusing in the kitchen,
mica, joeseph and i:
lean on me when you’re not strong
i’ll be your friend i’ll help you carry on
_______
it’s a blues song she says
from behind the banjo teaching us
the words which are something about
how strawberry-raisin’
made me a man
with a wordless chorus

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2 responses to “the sweetness gets stronger

  1. alline

    Welcome home!

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