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August Ends

August ends a drip from a hose long ago disconnected from its wall`faucet Well`run`dry The onions peel in their rows their pale orange skins browning in a sun Beach`bums Bumble`bees crawl over the last of the summer lavender fragrant to … Continue reading

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Old Man

They say he lives in the past that now the only room left to him in his old age After breakfast they wheel him out into the garden for bird`song now gone inaudible to his ear Old man For colors … Continue reading

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August Weeds

What is it about weeds when the faucets of heaven turn off and earth turns to dust they find their own when azaleas die out of thirst What is it? What is it about weeds lets them thrive green leaf … Continue reading

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A Running`Tide

They say a tide runs but I wonder where it goes when it lopes off to the west leaving behind kelp in the sand mussels on rocks for the sea`gulls to peck`over in frenzied feasts sandy bubbles for clammers to … Continue reading

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Blueberries

Blueberries hang like fat little ornaments on the bright green shrubs reminding me of Christmas after 48 years of gathering sleighs & bells & angels each with a story It is a good thing they do not ripen all at … Continue reading

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Dog`Days

McGee has found a shady place out on the deck his tennis ball just within his reach The ball the greatest of his treasures forever guarded against a hand other than my own He’d swim across a river could I … Continue reading

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On Temptation

The bluish light of day’s dawning reveals a wild rabbit munching clover in the backyard Her white pelt suggests an escape from domestication or perhaps simply a just liberation A few feet away stand carrot rows El Dorado for Buggs … Continue reading

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Deportee’s Lament

I was working picking your apples from high up your ladder in your vast orchard of endless trees If not picking I drove your sprayer wearing your protective suit & your gas`mask down endless rows If not spraying I pruned … Continue reading

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Love Eclipsed

Just sitting here awaiting the eclipse as America considers raising its eyes to the sun to see the moon pass in front of the light to reveal the dark Isn’t it ironic how blind we already are to the shadows … Continue reading

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On Water

In August even the weeds are dying in the yard Our Island is surrounded by the sea yet water to nurture earth is still scarce Like islands the garden boxes shine emerald green in a sea of brown stubble the … Continue reading

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Ultra`Sound

Lying bare`chested on my back on a gurney in a small room in Imagery a technician squeezes gel onto my warm belly I stare at the ceiling covered with snap`shots of Hawaiian beach scenes surf`boards & outriggers old turtles & … Continue reading

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The Old Watch

Once we told the time by hands on the clock big hand & little hand in the tiny circle seconds The days on our calendars full of appointments in hourly increments business lunches prospects The watch would wind itself so … Continue reading

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