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Connections: June 2.17

And so it begins

the garden in June

warm roots below

bright blooms aboon.

 

 

(Now try to say “bright blooms aboon” five times in a row without stopping.)

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Connections: May 8.17

Noble king

in green assiduous

merry sprite

in lavender deciduous

roots entwined

in plots contiguous

each making the other

happily conspicuous.

Thanks yet again to the S.W. Berg Photo Archives.

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Connections: January 8

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAHooray for today!

Anniversary of me!

A wrinkly newborn

in 1943.

I came into a world

of war and ration

and still it seems

war is the fashion.

A birthday in January

makes perfect sense

it’s a two-headed time,

looking back and hence.

So I visit familiar faces

on my family wall

my genes, my leans, my rootings

perennial mysteries all.

I’d like to engage each one

in serious tete-a-tete

and ask my birthday question:

am I a grown-up yet?

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Connections: November 4

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAA year ago

winter at the gates

I had three potted mums

bloomed out, bent.

I dumped one

unceremoniously

upside-down in the barren garden

thinking to dig it under in the spring

but then a thought:

why throw them under the trowel?

Maybe they can bloom again!

So I kept the other two in their pots and tucked them in near the house

sheltered

and bade them a good winter’s night.

Spring came.

The sheltered two, lifeless.

The one that had spent the winter on its head

roots frosted by the wind

snowmounded

was sprouting!

What An die Freude was there!

I planted it

with humble apologies

in the front

where now it glows

a perfect radiant sphere.

And no one else knows

its triumph.

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