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May 5, 2018

[Bunch of Grapes, by Andrew John Henry Way, 1873]

To make a jug of wine, a grape seed must first have gone into the ground and died in order to begin pushing up vines and leaves and the accoutrement of life. The vine may be left to grow wild, or it may be given a graft...

December 2, 2017

(Image by: Umairkhan9616 [cc])

The swallow had circled the horizon twice already, and not said a word. I stood, just wondering why it would bother to make such an arc, and to begin yet another, without sound. How could it stand that kind of silence, living to see every...

October 3, 2017

(Photo © Daniel G Opperwall; all rights reserved)

Love is often festal. A baby is born to tears of joy, grows, laughs as she is tossed into the air by her father, perhaps marries and feasts at her marriage, cherishes her friends and family, welcomes children of her own....

August 11, 2017

 (Painting from a Ruysch Still Life)

Contemplation (and a Rose)

It was through the back alley that I was walking, that alley that is lined with overhanging trees and wild growth that smells (in morning dew) of okra and cut grasses and rot. It is cliche to say that it w...

May 8, 2017

[This is a bit of an old one, but I've always been fond of it.]

Sometimes on nights when my daughter does not wish to close her eyes, I think about

what things would be like if she were asleep. I usually pull up a chair to sit beside her. I flutter

my own eyes shut and l...

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