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Hummingbirds

Mother of Pearl door, Istanbul Nails cut red sea scallops into her thumb Held back from digging deeper. What was the point? He’d shut his Facebook door Disenfranchised her from sending Text messages Seven years of speaking Every day Slammed … Continue reading

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Benchmarks

Memory Believes Before Knowing Remembers –William Faulkner Walk past wild radish and California golden poppies, beyond a pond lined in cattails and home to mallards, continue down a slope, an easy jog, a stretch of buckeye trees, the spring’s white … Continue reading

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Wandering in the Desert

I want to wake up each morning without remembering your voice, how we used to wrap around together in one invisible seam, a velcro from head to toe. I want to wake up each morning knowing I’ll be okay get … Continue reading

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For Syrian Refugees

A word sings past a chime of cascading leaves flows outside a slight breeze cousin to the first breath two syllables a holy mantra bathed in cries shuttling life across the bandwidth of the universe Shalom Shalom Shalom  

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How We Demonize Each Other

An ancient monk wears heavy wooden prayer beads looped about his neck, maybe of koa or woodrose. White-robed, he is sworn to protect local villagers from demons. There are many– a snow queen with killing blasts of ice,  a troupe of viral bats … Continue reading

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Pygmalion

two angels sit on steps regenerating the third a look-out for whatever got them into this mess— a rag of wings a bindle of legs angels on a goof setting off a debate whose bright idea the whole thing had been … Continue reading

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Ode to Aunt Elsie

I look at the walls of your town house where you lived for more than forty years and died after your hundredth birthday just as you predicted you would. I’m looking at your walls, family photographs of children and grandchildren, … Continue reading

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Saguaro

Not the freaking desert, my father would rather spend his day at the beach, my mother, always in charge of food, packed egg sandwiches and a tall thermos, passed an insulated plaid bag to my uncle who cursed, took the … Continue reading

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Visiting Hours

In a loosely gathered knot, cousins from different airports arrive at her bedside, morphine placed beneath her tongue, a liquid sacrament. Friends want her to recognize them, to repeat names, to remember how they used to spend summers together with … Continue reading

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Heart Poacher

I’ll tell you the story of the heart poacher, a man with a hunger for hearts. how he rides all day in a wagon looking for one that’s ripe, and when he picks it, he also washes it, a sly, bandit raccoon … Continue reading

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