in our wake

cricket in truck bed sniffing air
and blinking into the wind and
curling mouth open
dog-smile pulled far back
across her face while
her cheeks fill
with 50mph county highway air
_______

emory up in the apple tree
while we (ty, tookie, baigz, trish and i) methodically
move down the cucumber bed
leaving uprooted weeds in our wake
_______
first cucumbers of the season
(boston pickling variety)
sliced and arranged in a
circle on small metal plate/bowl
set out on butcher block for lunch
_______

somethings-brewing kind of weather
(cool air/wind moving in and
a purpley horizon haze
that suggests but does not
actually feature lightning)
while i lower cucumber transplants
into mulch nests
_______
tookie and i path-crossing in
lookfar we offer up our
harvests in exchange
(cucumber chomps for
a small handful of the
rotundest blueberries
plucked from stainless steel bowl)
_______
ashby cat curled up
paws crossed
afternoon snoozing in
zinnia shade patch
_______

somehow we (joseph and ty and i)
after circle-up
end up here
and here
_______
like a mummy i say
only i’m not a mummy
want yr voice to
wrap me
_______

searching tree trunk
for origin of treefrog sing/croak
creature given away by
throat-swell breathing/movement
same gray/black color as bark
small body tucked perfectly in
tiny hollow
_______

wild chicory and wild carrot
(lilac-y purple against white)
lining road-side
_______

sunset mist plus
summer storm/forest fire sky
(smudged gray-pink
shaded with purple)
_______

from the water world:
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Aiden (L) and Ty Johnston play under a fountain in Nottingham, Britain. – REUTERS/Darren Staples

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People swim during the annual public Lake Zurich crossing swimming event in Zurich, Switzerland.

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