the ugly earring

ug‧ly [uhg-lee] offensive to the sense of beauty; displeasing in appearance

a place like this

What’s a girl like you doing in a place like this?

That’s what I’d like to know, what are we all doing in a place like this?

read: deer dancer by joy harjo
listen: ian matthews desert inn

ps: the desert inn was a few blocks from our old home

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what should our gaze mean?

We would climb the highest dune,
from there to gaze and come down:
the ocean was performing;
we contributed our climb.

Waves leapfrogged and came
straight out of the storm.
What should our gaze mean?
Kit waited for me to decide.

Standing on such a hill,
what would you tell your child?
That was an absolute vista.
Those waves raced far, and cold.

“How far could you swim, Daddy,
in such a storm?”
“As far as was needed,” I said,
and as I talked, I swam.

(With Kit, Age 7, at the Beach by william stafford)

photo from theselby via the shiny squirrel