YOU ARE OLD WOMAN NOW

  You are brown as acorns. Trees change beyond your door. Trees bend beside your door. You are old woman now.   Fat old cat sits in the garden Below the tree and the hanging begonia. You hear the wind as smooth as powder. The cat never moves:  the cat is in visions.   Papayas, […]

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DETAILS

  I would bring you this and that if only it would last.   But this is this: saying goodbye where the grass grows highest.   The orchids dead below our feet, like tombs we weight their brown and black.   They’re dead you say. It’s more than that.   It’s all the plans we […]

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LOW THE COWS

All day a clear sky. And then suddenly (it seems) at four o’clock— A fleet of thin, white clouds trespasses from the north. Stealthy and silent—ethereal submarines in the sky— They slowly, steadily head south. Slow-going, more keep coming. Infiltrating the vast blue. Gathering gradually—and in no hurry—they pass under the radar. Underneath the sun. […]

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A DEPOT OF DAYS

  The crabgrass was sunk  under the bayou dew. Imprinted about were lazy logos: brown blooms of the orchid, puttyroot.   Somewhere, far off, sang a child trapped in a woman’s body. She sang of a God in another land. But her song was lost in the call for fish:   “Spadefish for frying! Get […]

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I SOLEMNLY SWEAR

    [With apologies to God and Jesus Christ]   I swore I wouldn’t swear. Swear to God. I swear I did. But then…something happened. I tripped…or dropped something…or who-knows-what. And expletives blew forth from my mouth. And, like bullets shot from a gun, I couldn’t catch them. Nor bring them back. Remorse set in. […]

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Rat Durds

  “In the 1970s I bought an antique desk. When I got it home, I found one single piece of paper way back in one of the drawers. I don’t know who wrote it but I have saved it all these years. I think you’ll see why. Enjoy!”  

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XYZ

  Language. What a concept. And more and more the American English language gets truncated into acronyms. Not that we didn’t have plenty before. But texting has taken it to another level. A new kind of Morse code: r u ok bc i nd 2 no. And so forth. BTW. LOL. LMAO. FWB. OMG. Most […]

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