Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
me, all i want is to teach them to read.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
To Assist a Garter Snake in Shedding Her Skin
soak her in tepid water,
place her in damp moss for one-half hour.
humans shed skin cells too,
in tiny pieces.
before i met you, i collected skins
of garter snakes, the feathers of birds.
i kept them in a small wooden box
with the gold braid my mother cut
from the nape of my neck.
what does the garter snake lose
in shedding her skin? (pieces of herself)
i needed more than a mattress of moss.
one morning you showed me how to dance,
palm to palm in zig zags across the carpet.
i thought about bald eagles in courtship-
how they grab each other’s talons and tumble-
surely, they lose a feather or two.
hair is easy going: you cut your long curls,
i save a lock in a wooden box-
nobody really notices how humans shed skin
but last night, i lost my last skin cell
somewhere in a dark corner of the bar
while your fingers were in my hair,
i couldn’t save it.
after one-half hour,
the snake will shed her skin.
watch her relish her bare intimacy.
this weekend was nice. first the greek food festival on friday night, and then a hike to skyline divide on saturday (where i ran into russell! fellow wrc member, bus buddy, and old pal from scriptural lit). the weather was brilliant, my friends are equally brilliant, and the scenery was breath-stealing. the hike up was a bit of a struggle for me at first. whew! i am out of shape! but i got my stride down and made it all the way, tasting victory as the salt on my lips. highlights of the trip included two grouse sightings, many hawks, and a women hiking with a lama named sally, a dog, and three goats. one of the goats was a baby named beaumont and he wanted to follow our dog, luna, and the rest of us down the trail. the woman kept scolding poor, curious beaumont, saying, "beaumont, you have two options! stay or get eaten!" in a very stern and commanding voice. he stayed, though we wanted to take him with us.