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100 Years

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She watched them on the treadmills
and stairmasters
jaws set and eyes fixed ahead
moving rapidly nowhere
hoisting weights and snapping ropes
rowing in place on the cement floor
muscles grateful for the challenge
and reprieve from ergonomically designed chairs and desks
protein shakes clutched in hand as they exited
carefully temperature controlled buildings
and navigated the short walk
to their cars

Life lived in comfortable box after box
everything easily accessible

She sometimes wondered
if we are happier and healthier now
then when we woke and hunted
breakfast by climbing the hill
in search of berries or rabbit
watched the sunrise from
the banks of rivers
as we collected water
diving in and swimming when warm

Vaccinated to safety
we view our world through windows
we run in place
breathe the purified air
eyes fixed for 100 years
to the screen ahead

NaPoWriMo Day 29

Misery And A Flower

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We are only allowed
the immodest nosegay
that is springtime
for a few remarkable
weeks. The glorious
overlapping fragrance
from an opulence of blooms
unfurling from tree branches,
pushing upward
from the loamy soil,
awakens hibernating
senses. I cannot grieve
properly in a garden.
I cannot hold misery
and a flower.

NaPoWriMo Day 17

Cultivation

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Did you see my garden, by the way?
Petunias and rose bushes
The birds fill the bath and heartbeat
Summer cicadas sing choruses of
Chichachicha and the z’s and z’z

Flowers or stars?
When it is dark enough
Indistinguishable–
Prolific as Perseid

Women are rock stars
Make their own gardens
Are gardens
A heavenly dirt
Stars or flowers?

Soil of the womb
Flesh of the mind
Minding flesh like flowers
Against a dark field
Hearted nebulas

Exquisite Corpse
Andrew, Anne, Dana, Julie, Tricia
August 2015