after pruning grapes in winter

kee jaa gigrrijaa filled dawn
     downtempo
sound
seep
            ing
                        ing
                                    ing
sleep ing in
     water sprinkle
plash bark dust bath.

the little ones pleach
            apple yellow
irotollak frisson
            bird dew squish.
            A tugboat crow lands
pushes off in creosote
            dress
   high in drifting fir.

a hummer comes as close
            as a baseball pitch
to drink from the brim
            of my blue Los Angeles
               Dodgers cap
(you don’t often see them
   this far north
you see SF Giants
and S Mariners
and we used to see
P Beavers
infrequently, but still).

the keens and leeks
            trill and cheep
   haphazard lines
zig
            zag
   ging
spring
            forth
                        com
ing
loquacious
red clippers and blue rakes
dark mud-brown enfilades
with light soot patches.

get springy not yet,
            yet,
on the horizon,
            we hear lines
            of
ee ee ee ee ee ee ee ee ee ee ee ee ee’s
coming.

5 Comments Add yours

  1. Reading a few times aloud attempting zen mind the sound grows on me. Then I look up ee cummings and come upon … let’s live suddenly without thinking …

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    1. Joe Linker says:

      “O sweet spontaneous
      earth…”

      e. e. cummings

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  2. Dan Hennessy says:

    e ;eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
    eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
    eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
    eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
    eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
    eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
    eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
    eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee , etc. And a Dodgers’ cap.

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