tick convention

harvesting ticks i say
about the post-thunderstorm night
tick convention on the screen
(with some holes in ti) this morning

it’s been so windy says the man
changing listings in the case
attached to the exterior of the
real estate office
on the square in memphis
that i haven’t been out here
for a week


how is it that banks
always smell
like banks i say and
hardware stores
always smell
like hardware stores

looks like it’s from world war two
says the hardware store clerk
about the busted rubber gasket
tyler brought in

should call it a spoon box mica says
of the truck’s glove box
it might help us remember
(next time someone orders
spoon-necessitating ice cream)

at bright blue picnic table
outside pharmacy
mica and i pass the
snickers/reese’s vanilla tiger swirl
back and forth
while tyler offers
heath/snickers twist tastes


felcos in back pocket
and one half-brown sprig
from lilac bush/tree
whose powder-purpley blooms
came and went with
way to much of a quickness

following packed gravel
that leads to sunset-view
where ashby the forever-kittenish
(or at least always runty)
cat dwarfed by trees, bushes, even roadside grass
trotting in my wake

two small stems
of columbine
(maroon and yellow
rocket-shaped flowers
simultaneously droop-dangling and
lift-off lookin)

small shadow of toad
hopping across walkway between
front porch and the uneven
cement steps leading to it
cloud patches
drawn across moon-silvered
sky plus treetop silhouettes
branches budding and leafing out

from the water world:
Screen shot 2015-05-06 at 12.34.20 AM
A policeman holds a water bottle with a yellow-crested cockatoo put inside for illegal trade, at the customs office of Tanjung Perak port in Surabaya, East Java province, Indonesia. REUTERS/Antara Foto/RisyalHidayat

Screen shot 2015-05-06 at 12.39.22 AM
Tea garden workers wearing jappi hats made out of bamboo and palm leaves wait for the rain to stop to resume their work inside Aideobarie Tea Estate in Jorhat in Assam, India. Unrest is brewing among Assam’s so-called Tea Tribes as changing weather patterns upset the economics of the industry. Scientists say climate change is to blame for uneven rainfall that is cutting yields and lifting costs for tea firms.
REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

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