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jewelle-gomez's picture
Jul.21.2010
I went to a family reunion & naming ceremony this month to meet a family I’ve not met before and to find a new name that would reconnect me to my great grandfather’s family.  We stood on land continuously occupied by the Wampanoag tribe of Massachusetts for more than 300 years and we recognized...
colleen-smith's picture
Jul.21.2010
Every year, the closing of the 50-meter, outdoor pool where I swim my laps adds to the mounting melancholy of August’s dog days. I count down each day by making my way length after length, lap after lap in that big, beautiful blue gem of a pool. It’s almost as sad as closing day on the mountain at...
jennifer-kathleen-gibbons's picture
Jul.21.2010
She was born a Pisces, the fish sign. It fit her, for she loved the water.  When her family moved to Garden Grove, California, they had to buy a house with a pool. She swam in it everyday, and her husband made sure it was always clean, the water always pearl blue. After a swim, she would smoke a...
cheryl-l-snell's picture
Jul.21.2010
The season hummed with machines— muscle cars flashing toothy chrome burned rubber as boom-boxed music shook the block. I staggered toward the river to absolve my ringing ears, arms filled with seashells, ridged, shucked absences that would prove it had been no dream when the drowning began. Loss...
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Jul.21.2010
Air
If air is existence without form, And wind is the motion of air heard and felt, With life-sustaining oxygen in every     breath of air we take, Whoosh! This Gemini (air) sign is     exhilarated by the thought  Of such a powerful connection!
steven-herrmann's picture
Jul.21.2010
The mind on fire is a frequent metaphor for Ecstasy in American poetry.  Here are some scintillating lines from Emerson’s 1842 Journal.  The poet, Emerson says, must be as a “tongue of flame,” a “volcano,” a “conflagration” rising “towards the zenith,” “toward the stars”; or as a “mass of fire...
barbara-de-vries's picture
Jul.21.2010
Aqua has no water. For 36 hours now. About ten minutes ago the pipes gurgled and the battle cry "FLUSH - NOW" echoed between the Aqua luxury condos. As a result of over-enthusiastic flushing the water is off again, unable to instantly flood, what? 2000, 3000? 4000? toilets.How many...
arnie-johnston's picture
Jul.21.2010
CANZONE: THE TREE IN OUR BED     When we planned our new bedroom, a tree Held prior claim.  Eighty feet from the earth, Its upper branches laced against the sky, that tree Stood where our bed now stands: a cherry tree, Double-trunked, as much acquainted with the air As with the dirt...
len-boswell's picture
Jul.21.2010
 Fire, Air, Earth, Water. Elements. Gods. You need go no further than newspaper headlines to see the evidence of their raw power over us. For me, it was reports of a Sumatran village being buried by mud slides triggered by wind-whipped rains and a magnitude 7.6 earthquake in the fall of 2009. More...
jessica-barksdale-inclan's picture
Jul.21.2010
My older son is a water child.  Before he was two, we took him to Lake Tahoe, and without much warning, he ran into the frigid water up to his neck.  He went no further, but we dashed in, catching our breaths, watching him.  He just smiled.  We stayed at that lake front beach for hours. He swam on...