the canyon hides

behind a smokescreen

reminds me of last year’s smoky haze

and Pullman/Moscow in the same dusty air

overthrown by ash

you know how you can close your eyes and be transported to someplace calm where problems are just there but more manageable?

there’s a beautiful place in Everett, Washington like that

right in the middle of the city

next to the water is a little park

it’s right by the port & takes a mile of walking/roller skating/riding a bike each way

I would go there with my daughter on sundays when things seemed so bad

then after walk up to the library

so I wrote about it to remember:

if you walk a mile to pigeon creek you can play on the beach

you never see pigeons at pigeon creek
only tumbled rocks below a train
Poseidon’s horses undomestic
off sandy shallows

Hiawatha’s chickens
wingspans six feet

sunset frozen
to clouds
tangerine and flamingo
hiding colors icy in spite

an orca blooms
where ocean falls
and bald eagles roost on t’s

ignoring ferries
they play
weather is of no concern to them

if you visit pigeon creek

be careful where you walk

 (orcas eat seals
 seals eat salmon
 salmon eat ghost shrimp
 ghost shrimp eat sand)

be careful where you walk a
nd swim at your own
risk there is no life
guard on duty

this morning i wasn’t writing except jots &


i was collecting submission calls as i am apt to do on sundays

jotting down names of literary magazines

how many & what genre


pasted,attached,or special

place to submit

themes my favorite

while at the same time trying to read them

& i downloaded

k weber’s chapbook

Bluest Grey

which was free from her site

& it flows sweet

my garden looks like a patchwork quilt of rock roses/petunias/nasturtiums & flowering potatoes/my secret source

of inspiration for creativity

even just mowing the yard counts

& anything with a sprinkler involved

‘about gardening’ ‘high in the garden’ and ‘where is freud when you need him’

were just published in the lovely Crepe & Penn

do you have a garden or want one?

what do you/would you grow?

star garnets are only found in 2 places in the world

one of them is in Idaho

in Emerald Creek there is a camp set up to sluice for these gems that disguise themselves as rocks

if you go

bring cash because you pay to sluice even if you don’t find any

and be prepared to get dirty

but don’t worry too much about that

there is a small creek by the parking lot with soft sand a beautiful purple color and you can wash off there if you want

we went sluicing a few years ago and found 2 star garnets

I hope this link works better! Sorry!