Last week was full of little highs and lows. There were migrating monarchs on the ridge where we walk – more than I’ve ever seen… clouds of them billowing up off the Eupatorium when we passed, quickly settling back to their task of nectar foraging. Fifty feet down the path, kids tending a little fire, for their own task: burning the coating off rolls of electrical wire, to earn a few more cents per pound at the scrapyard.
I’ve been sitting here for ten minutes trying to explain my dismay, and the irony of the contrast, but when it comes down to it, all I can say is, This shitty old city.
Friends are getting married. Lots of them (but not all to each other). So there was and will be baking going on downstairs. M made little braids, wheat sheaves, ciabattas, dense ryes… Little sister made matcha cupcakes in black papers (gorgeous). I ran up and down the steps with coffee and frittata and toast… And on my way, out the window at eye level, I spied…
…a parakeet! On the porch railing, wet, green, and gold, and watching the rain.
–Zoe Tilley Poster
(First published in Zoe’s blog Pearled Earth on 9/12/12.)
The Scoville Heat Index of You
by D’Arcy Fallon
(Wilbur Scoville developed a scale in 1912 to measure the heat in chilies.)
All I want is peppers. Poblanos that dial up
endorphins, serranos that scald the heart,
smoldering jalapenos to surf on, past
the breakwater of no return.
The heat is in the veins
and also in the seeds.
My tongue tingles.
The amazing D’Arcy Fallon is an award-winning journalist who has been a staff writer for such publications as the Long Beach Press-Telegram, the San Francisco Examiner, and the Colorado Springs Gazette. She is the author of a memoir, So Late, So Soon, about living in a religious commune in the early 70s. She teaches journalism and creative writing at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. She has a thing for garlic, border collies, and peonies. email@example.com.
(This poem appeared in Greenwoman Magazine issue #1 in June 2011.)
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