Archive for September 22nd, 2014

Season of the new cat.

Fall’s upon us,
laid that maple low.

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As the sugars rise and flow
and assign each leaf its brilliance,
it’s time for the changes.

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After two full years without a cat,
we broke our fast with Lilly, five years old,
rescued from a cross-country move.

Oh, she holds down a lap, chases a laser, meows a little,
but showed no interesting quirks of character.

Until the other night.

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We’re rethinking.

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Max, four German Shepherds back, used to bite water.
Had a few kittens who flirted with the shower drain.

Never had a cat who sits in running water.

Be ready to take it and run when you tell  the universe:

surprise me!

 

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Mushroom meditations.

Some emergent mushrooms are pulled up by the moon.

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Some by the sun.

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Or Mars.

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By Venus.

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Or by an Angel.

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Some tough and chewy, grapple on for the long run.

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Some are social, aligned like the seats in the balcony.

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Curtain rising, caught between my shadow and the sun.

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Death comes, from Pluto, in the end.
But the flies and beetles and the microbes settled in for a week of feasting.

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Up for a while, down for a while,
before long, up again.

Transformed, not ever ended.

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Rocks: it’s how they roll.

Rocks are not alive; probably this is true.

But life surrounds them on a living planet,
covers them, colors them, ever so slowly digests them.

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Even the crystals, all edges, vertices, flat faces.
What gives quartz its accuracy as a time keeper?
Not patience alone.

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Like some people, some rocks
you’ve got to scrape hard or crack apart to find what’s inside.

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The tree has been working here forty or fifty years.

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But what exactly is the exchange between these roots and these rocks?

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Surrounded since the beginning of the tree, or did they find a way to insinuate themselves?
Were they helped? By some necessarily quite short entity sharing the space inside?

Y’all stay with us, now.

 

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