9-19 On the porch

We have a backyard porch that is like a sanctuary–viewing the greenery everywhere, the birds drinking water from a stainless-steel dog dish. Saturday this inspired the following (God willing, I’ll be 70 next May).

At 70


Seasons blink by on the screened

back porch, potted plants venting

green pyroclastic flow—jays squawking

at each other across the birdbath


until first frost crusts the deck

and hones blades of grass.


At 70 a soul projects memories

on mind’s screen—that time where

kissing and kissing burst magma

through pours and fingertips,

bodies screamed for eruption

behind a dune that July night


mouthwatering even at 70.




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