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Month: August 2009

“They All End Up Walking In Circles”

. …………………………THEY ALL END UP WALKING IN CIRCLES ……………………………..~ with a line by Matt Moore of Associated Press .  …………………………Walking, they have no way …………………………to chart through clouded skies, …………………………bearing down upon the layers …………………………of leaf and soil and stone, …………………………eroding as do the seasons …………………………the pathless shifting terrain …………………………of black spiders, red efts, and …………………………possums. Their steps are felt …………………………from below as a quaking fault, …………………………the pile-by-pile collapse …………………………of an orchard wall, a fox’s …………………………low surveillance. Beneath them …………………………are shin bones buried in …………………………the round, sockets not seeing …………………………the veer… Read more “They All End Up Walking In Circles”

“Rules Outside the Ranch”

. RULES OUTSIDE THE RANCH . Don’t touch the cactus needles which hitch quick-as-a-draw to your fingertips. . Don’t slip off your leather boots to stand on iron-red stones, as hot and coarse as the brand for a steer. . Avoid a spring-time fling with the pretty green bustle of the prickly pear — she’ll just double- cross you, send you packing with nothing but rancid jelly. . Don’t trust the saguaro to give you water. There’s no froth there, nothing wet to spoon. No oasis. No saloon. . Above all, don’t listen… Read more “Rules Outside the Ranch”

Security

. At the airport in Nevada, security staff politely inspect some suspect items packed inside my suitcase — gifts I bought . for a friend who couldn’t come with me to Bryce Canyon and the tribal reservations. It seems the culprit is an 8-ounce package . of authentic Indian fry bread mix which may appear through an x-ray scanner to be gunpowder or a pouch of anthrax. . As two officials duly puzzle over my goodwill purchases, I think of the Navajo code breakers, those loyal men . whose intricate native tongue saved our Allied cause, won for us the Pacific war.… Read more Security

In the Narrows

  Any day now, after a long full life together, you and I will have to make our last good-byes. The part of me that won’t be able to find the words is already moving away from you and from the pain, stepping down the switchbacks of feeling from a loss too steep and keen to levels less so, then less so again.   If I try now to say Farewell I will not reach you, won’t be understood. I become like the crested canyon blue jay which flies from tree… Read more In the Narrows

Resistance Training

 . On days when he and I agree on things just for the sake of keeping peace, I need as long a workout as a wife can get. Bring on those upper arm levers and lower leg presses, bicep pads and tricep handles. Give me a few strong arguments for soft abdominals, some hard hammerings for hamstrings, a long debate for pairs of deltoids and dorsis. I’ll start right here with these two black steps which contend so well with carbs and calories — how strict a measure they ask of my heart which too… Read more Resistance Training