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Gulf Stream

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Drop the weapons in a pile

shed the skin of the past

there is peace to be found

between a rock and a hard place

 

there is a crack in between two rocks

a void within a universe

that is found through warm air

and ocean currents

 

An elderly woman wading

in bottle green seas

searching for Serpentine stones

on St Columbus Beach

 

Gulf Stream grasses

the sweetness of Paspalum on tongue

she hears ancestors laugh

in the corners of her ears

 

It is me she hears

hers is mine and I hers

these Ancestors of the future

and ghosts of the past

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Raven

There’s a Raven

with a broken wing

and a limp

that lives in the depot

 

I see her most mornings

hopping between buses

as I head to unit 637

 

She follows the drivers

to the door of each bus

as they head silently to work

 

Like an unseen escort

bright in the sunshine

black and blue

and shiny

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breath

in the town house I live in now

there is a pool

sometimes I wear my hair out

when I swim

so  I can watch it swirling

and floating around my head

like serpents

i can see the shadows in the light

on the bottom of the pool

i wear cheap service station sunglasses

and do laps in them

sometimes I hold my breath

for a really long time

doing water handstands

feeling the buildup of air in my lungs

like an explosion

so I can feel the sweet relief

of expiration

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It’s hot

hot to trot

hot to the touch

feeling the heat

red hot

very warm

hot chip

It’s a smoke hazard

cracked

on fire

ablaze

It’s like, combustible there

sizzling

hot fuzz

fuzz wuzz

r e a l  h o t

fry an egg on it

close

humid

bloody warm

hot and heavy

hottest on record

hot tomali

hot tomatoes

too hot to grow

going slow

sit up and take notes

kinda arrangement

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love dog

love dog

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I never would have guessed

that Edna would pull it together

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after the snake bite

the Ratsak

chewing all the shoes

and eating the dining chairs leg by leg

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everyone asks for her

they need her

Edna is a hero

she’s a legend

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Edna is adored by many

she’s a love dog in a nursing home

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I’m so proud of her

my Huckelberry friend

she’s my Moon River

tea rose

tea rose

tea rose

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when it all falls away

all that’s left

is the beauty

of empty space

and the luxury

of thin air

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