to be chosen

stan woo-hooing as i reach skyward
into my first stretches of the day on
unfurled teal mat atop cistern while he
heads to the car to embark upon
his week long texas inspection trip

mo, cynthia, tyler and i
counting down before we
put our backs into it-
leaning/pressing with all four pairs
of arms/hands to push the
huge round bale off the wagon
near north garden
although it’s not bonsai scale
i can’t help but think of dad
and his bonsai tools
oiled and wrapped for trimming/shaping/wiring
while practice my own
renegade pruning and thorny-vine wrestling
just enough to clear the view outside my window
to give the forest depth
rather than a wall, a mass of growth
small bouquet of lilac-colored phlox
in a shot glass vase tucked
into just-cleaned hallway cubby
intentional i say
in the go-around about how we feel about weddings
and marriage and forevers
i want every day to be chosen,
not default
from the water world:
Indian Lambadi tribal villagers fill containers with drinking water from a leaking pipe on a roadside at Chandampet Mandal in Nalgonda east of Hyderabad in the southern Indian state of Telangana.
– voice of america, day in photos

A crow drinks water from a tap on a hot day in Ahmadabad, India. India is grappling with severe water shortages and drought affecting more than 300 million people, a quarter of the country’s population. Thousands of distressed farm animals have died, and crops have perished, with rivers, lakes and ponds drying up and groundwater tables sinking. 
– voice of america, day in photos

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