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to snap a moment

in a culture

addicted to speed

 

a field of wildflowers

is          transported, shared

 

trampled in the rush

to narrate

the now

 

screens compete to create

wonder, capture a particle of paradise

 

translate the fleeting into an image

of forever, convert

 

followers to the faithful

Oil & Water

in the wake of Canada’s purchase of a $4.5 billion pipeline

 

the choice is not between him or her: who will do the better job, keep their promise

 

the choice, if we still have one, runs deep underground, informing our future

 

it’s not between Knightly or Not, but between Oil and Water, the two

 

never mixing, these options for life on the planet with or without

 

prosperity of one or two people still alive to wealth

Bowness Retreat

 

an island of friends

in an ocean of strangers—

we gather

in this house, community-built

cathedral ceilings: two hands tipped together

 

slanted driftwood

caught along the shores

of counters with men in flannel dress

shirts leaning, to serve cheese on boards

carved by artisans

 

a refuge for the faithful

toasting glasses gold-trimmed

conversation

haunted by love

found out

like storms in the night

sworn, un-sound

 

in the morning—stories linger,

comforting routines transport,

back then and here again…

so many dishes washed up