scale the sliding hill

the monarch whose body i never realized was spotted
stark white over velvety black
i witness close-close-up
as it dips into the bright pink
of the blooming dianthus
in plastic pots
on the wire mesh table
in the full sun perennial lot
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you want them, take some home peter says
of the small tray of even smaller starts
whose tiny blue flowers tell him what plant it is:
forget-me-nots
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a  generic version of round-up peter says
about whatever the hell it is that he was asked to spray
everywhere
and the assault of it, even the next day, to my nostrils
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the hilarious tick-proof costumery
involving the bright pink narwhal/unicorn knee socks
pulled up over the geometric pattern leggings
with the plaid purple teal shirt tucked in
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the red glow of fruits on the surprise raspberry bushes
that i scale the sliding hill of sand
to reach

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from the water world:


A man splashes in a puddle in Times Square during a heavy midday downpour in New York City. – voice of america, day in photos


Children use a makeshift raft as they play along a partially flooded street caused by monsoon rains and Tropical Storm Son-Tinh in Quezon city, Metro Manila, in Philippines.