Archive for September, 2016

Autumn weeds.

Colors just happen in the fall.

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Abundance of don’t-forget-to-touch-mes,

 but calming now, no longer explosive.

Truth, beauty, decay.

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Sumac works through orange

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into its final reds.

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Spent and pulling back, residue of bloom.

Quiet all summer, the chimney rose seizes the day.

Still just a scatter, it’s early days.

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Weeds are flowers

you don’t have to cultivate.

Sometimes the best colors

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aren’t hardly colors at all.

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Transition signs.

Through shot.

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Thirteen bales, first cut in June, just three in September
after one of the driest summers on record, our record.
There was areal rain that kept sliding by.

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The garden slows, but is not done.

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A visit from Esmerelda and the twins

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bulking up.

For winter is coming.

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Sidewalk sales.

The day of the recent rally
a couple guys in a big ol’ red pickup
set up their sales station.

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Hundreds of Made-in-China “Make America” hats
in red and white and blue
plus a dozen cases of t-shirts and banners rolled up.

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When they first arrived the wind was perfect,
all four banners pulled out straight south down Haywood Street:

Trump/Pence
Don’t Tread on Me
Old Glory
and the Battle Banner of the Late Failed Secession.

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Then the wind shifted ever which way
and they all went a little twitchy.

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American democracy
in all its grandeur
history itself
at the curb.

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Fallen into dance.

Fall into Dance

The Asheville Ballet’s annual free performance in the park.

3-400 people watched and, if clapping and hooting count,
they enjoyed what they saw.

Photos are from last night’s performance (Friday, 23 Sept 2016).

One more show, tonight, Saturday, at 7:30 pm.

8 dances from 6 choreographers using 15 dancers,
beautiful work with poised and professional dancing.

Well-done tech — lights  and recorded sound and live music
— wonderful venue, perfect weather.

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Don’t miss tonight’s show, bring friends and family, maybe folding chairs.

Performance details at the Asheville Ballet website.

 

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Deadheads.

Four pictures of the same

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heap of discarded flowerheads.

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You have to pull the finished flowers

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so the next generation of buds

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will have nutrients and space enough to bloom.

The jumble of fading stems and petals
like a heap of exhausted partygoers
collapsed after the champaign’s gone
caught by the rising sun.

They’d make a lovely jigsaw puzzle.

 

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Final fruits.

Fewer peppers, eggplants, and tomatoes each time you check,

the last big mess of beans,

the last full tray of romas,

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one perfect unexploded chestnut,

and, after a little rain,

the blooms from below

visit us briefly

in the air up here.

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Working blooms.

The bees are in it for the hive,

they load their knees and carry the pollen home.

Butterflies are voracious

but work alone.

They light upon their dinner

and feast


with no interest or concern

for the ghostly gardener

who set their table months before.

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Table flowers.

They’re not that far from where they grew,

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cut and brought inside,

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gathered into splendor

in a vase,

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perched above the edge

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of my screen

 to watch as I puzzle out my mystery.

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Flower surround.

One quick turn around the house,

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all the usual suspects

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in quiet riot,

swaying in the soft summer afternoon,

having done everything they need to do,

flush with pollen.

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