Monthly Archives: May 2021

How Dry is the Valley

Our luck was easy traffic, gentle breeze,and soft blue heavens shot with cotton clouds.But when we passed the fields that held few trees,the parch of desiccation lay like shroudson thirsty dirt that isn’t worth a plowthis year, with drought and … Continue reading

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The Baby Shower

Outside and unmasked,bathed in light and rinsed in breeze,we hugged each other.

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On the Road

We drove 6 hours and the big surprisewas blue and white and vast above the car.The sky and clouds were tonic for my eyes,delighting me before we traveled far.The journey soothed and made me realizehow long I’ve gone with neither … Continue reading

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Road Trip

Last year on March 13 we made the drive,enjoyed a weekend on our brother’s farm,returned to face a virus grown to thriveand lockdown to reduce pandemic harm,that launched a year and several weeks of strange:the battle mask; debates about hygiene.We … Continue reading

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Day Off Ditty

I slept in till 7 today –a symptom, a clue and a signthat lately I’m choosing to paythe price my affections define.For weeks I’ve consented to playall roles love and promise assign. I rose and read myself. I stress-confessed,and can’t … Continue reading

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Invisible Partners

My personal computer can restartitself, without command or aim from me.My iPad and my cellphone are so smart,their updates relegate to historyan app or two I bought deliberately.I purchased the equipment, but indeed,a phantom partner runs output and feed. (Rhyme … Continue reading

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A Healthy Range

The price I pay for shade is bloom delay.The cost of filtered sun is leggy limb.The plants are healthy, by and large, today,but parasols of eucalyptus dimthe light intensity, as redwood armsand jacaranda branches modulatethe brilliant zap that gooses as … Continue reading

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Covid Recovery at 95

Her skin is as thin as a wet paper bag.It tears from the tiniest bump.She’s paler than ghostly, too tired to nag,and weekly we find a new lump.She’s losing fat where she’d be better off plump(although she likes fleeing weight’s … Continue reading

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Overgrowth

The garden needs a pruning now, becausetoo little rain all winter had me turnthe sprinklers on so early. We’ll have lawsor regulations soon that we decreaseconsumption, and we hope it’s just a pause,but honestly, I think our climate’s toast.Too few … Continue reading

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Back on the Bus

The driver had to show me where to tagmy Clipper Card when I got on the bus.I hadn’t ridden since the ruinouspandemic made our every day a drag. My transit gear of old was in my bag,but habits fade – … Continue reading

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