when hatcheting

ouch of rock-road gravel under
thin-soled feet
sky hazing to the east and all
moody blues to the west
_______

7something a.m. heading back towards whitehouse
marie approaches as i recede we
hi-five in the crossing
_______
work in diagonals she tells us
hand choked way up the handle
when hatchetting something
into a point unless
you’re chopping firewood
_______

with hatchets, mauls, hammers
she says let the weight of the tool
do the work for you
_______
the middle measurement
cynthia says

of the mortise is your
main concern

_______

remind you of anything trish asks
of the pale wood fibers she braids/twists
around each other and then ties
around my wrist
_______

snack-bringer extraordinaire baigz
brings us fruit punch tea
and pops afternooon corn
with the flavorfullest seasonings
_______

wherein i finish my first
and possibly only tenon
featuring the famous feature
of a spiraling shoulder which
cynthia resolves in a quick minutes
(and there is something about this work that
unlike gardening [perhaps because the
skills/body mechanics are still so new]
there is no mind-spiral-buzz-stuckness
which is perhaps the greatest gift of this project)
_______
adam and i examining
possible views of the future
from cow barn loft
_______

the many million meanings of aqui
_______

from the water world:
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People swim in a floating swimming pool anchored on the bank of the Spree River in Berlin, Germany.- voice of america, day in photos

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A girl swims to escape the heat in front of a large cutout that raises awareness of the water shortage, at the Han River Park in Seoul, South Korea. A heat wave warning was issued as temperatures soared above 32 degrees Celsius (89.6 Farenheit). – voice of america, day in photos

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Palestinians and Israelis bathe in a natural spring in Ein Fawwar, near the West Bank city of Jericho, as temperatures in the Jordan valley reached 48 degrees Celsius (118.4 Fahrenheit). – voice of america, day in photos

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Workers collect dried fish from a plastic fish drying mesh placed over a polluted river in Navotas city, north of Manila, Philippines. The dried fish are being sold at a wet market for 150 pesos ($3.40) per kilogram. – voice of america, day in photos

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