Tuesday, May 31, 2011
The hummingbirds buzz
on the feeder behind me.
A black fox saunters past,
looking up, unimpressed.
A few finches flit nearby
but are too timid
to land on the railing,
which is laden with fresh seed
every morning as my coffee brews.
A seal snorts and glides by my feet.
And moments later, a bald eagle soars
right over my head
All that is missing are the whales,
who are doing their whale-thing
further up the island coast this day.
The notes flow.
I’m not only in my zone,
I’m in everyone’s zone–
much to their dissatisfaction,
but to my delight.
This is a truly amazing way to work,
to be inspired,
and to think.
To hear the flutter
of tiny wings moving the air,
and to feel the puff of breeze
from the flap of much larger ones:
this is where the music comes from.
To hear sea mammals before even seeing them,
the sound of their breath traveling
easily over the water:
this is where the music comes from.
And to nearly weep
from the beauty of it all
and my great fortune to live this life:
this is where I’m hoping that eventually,
if I am lucky, the music will come from.
I love it when the power goes out.
Posted over on her site Notes From the Kelp
Linebreaks for her incredible prose
by Glenn Buttkus
Puck's Quadrangle--Part Three
26. When a Building
27. There's Something About
28. Sky Trains
29. Tall Locomotives
30. She Died Alone
31. Even a Great Chimney
32. The Stairs to Nowhere
33. Some Caskets Wait
34. Steel Bridges
35. A Great Ship
36. Balconies Gathering Dust
37. When You Find
38. When She Pierces
39. Grandiose Without Gargoyles
40. Ceramic Train
And here is fifteen more, with Part Four to come later:
11. Four Buck Gas
12. When the Farming Stops
13. Sometimes It Takes
14. Mission Bell
15. Plough Shares Pounded
16. It Is Not Just
17. Old Friends
18. A Moose On the Roof
19. There Is a Citadel
20. Ancient Stairways
21. Stone Elk
22. The Patriot Box
23. Something New
24. Blue Firebox
25. From the Harbor
Let's do 15 of them, what do you say?
I finally am taking photographs, thousands of them,
and some have driven me to write captions under
them, like telling fairy tales to children.
For the present I found the first forty, and have
recorded them for your auditory needs.
Puck's Quadrangle: Part I
1. Fresh Paint
2. Both Bridges Laughed
3. Miss Melva Found
4. A Dodge Workhorse
5. Sometimes Entering
6. When A Locomotive
7. Muscle Wrapped Around
8. A Fordson Tractor
9. In The Wilds
10. Old Churches Once
And here they are; short, varied, iconic.
Monday, May 30, 2011
Run To Remember
Lisa Hallett runs along a path lined with 42 flags honoring
fallen soldiers at Powder Works Park in Du Pont, WA.
Mile after mile she runs to remember the man she's adored
since she was a teenager.
She fell for John Hallett on a church trip to Mexico in 1996.
She lost him on August 25, 2009, when an improvised explosive
killed the Army captain and three others while they rode in
a Stryker on a mission in Afghanistan.
Taken from the front page of The Tacoma News Tribune
My knees went out and never came back.
My brain waves hit the beach and evaporated.
I can't find a cd with a Louis Louis cut,
and all the light bulbs are flickering
on and off as if there's a short
in the whole system.
Outside it's like one of those days
where zombies might be wandering around in a daze,
looking for sunshine to dry out in,
but instead there's a damp haziness
with just a tinge of sun glare
trying to break through the near- mist
and mommies pushing strollers up and down
with the older kids yelling
and the doggies dragged behind on a short leash.
Now, five minutes later, it's finally raining,
but nothing else has changed for better or worse.
Posted over on his Facebook page.