Dateline: San Francisco,
A driver speeding in his Odd SE
Nearly hit a bi-stander
The tennis sea wall tsar
Poked fun with ken
And barb wire
Just take them to
The re-pare shop
The farmer says he
It’s a kind of pump kin
IT TAKES A LOT OF DIRT
In nature, humble acorns will
Mature into a giant oak trees
This is normal, predictable,
And usually unstoppable.
And yes, there are some people like that,
Whom we honor with respect, money, and title.
But when we set the same expectations for their offspring
And shield them from the very dirt they need to take root,
We get saplings with a false sense of maturity
Whom we still honor with respect, money, and title.
—Taylor Graham, Placerville
Not dark—uncertain storm-gray obscuring
a dusk of foliage—pyracantha
weighed down by winter berries unharvested—
great bunches of firethorn orange-
red berries, garlands of fruit, a beautiful flame.
And in that haven, a hundred birds feasting—
cedar waxwings hidden in hollows
of shadow, hectic fidgeting of wings and beaks
in branches. Dim gray birds concealing
their crests, gilded tips of tail-feathers.
If I opened the glass I might hear their song.
If I opened the glass, they'd disappear.
Feathers, tips of dreams.
The pyracantha offered its crimson
to the birds. Take, eat.
In half-light, firethorn flicked its unpicked
flames of berries; wishing its fruit to be
transported in bird-frenzy, its seed to take wing
as in wave after wave the waxwings
disappeared into gloaming.
Read more about Jeanine and her book at www.cherry-grove.com/jeanine_stevens.html
Speaking of Richard Hansen, co-owner of TBC, we are distressed to learn that he has been in the hospital this past week for an infection. But he is recovering nicely and hopes to be in the store today. Richard tells me that Ophidian Two, Rattlesnake Press's online publication which has been glitched-up while co-editor Richard deals with other projects in his life, is also coming along well and should hit the airwaves soon.
With sixty staring me in the face, I have developed inflammation of the sentence structure and definite hardening of the paragraphs.