My Piano Man Captures a Sweet Family Moment

My in-laws’ garden grows all sorts of beauties. This summer, we were greeted by bright roses, fragrant basil, and a black-eyed Susan dressed in blushing autumnal yum.

The garden was the center of this year’s vacation. My Piano Man spent most of his time building a raised garden bed. Watching him work was fun and then some… *giggles*.

Yes, I helped. I needed a socially acceptable reason to have fun with a sledgehammer, an ax, a cutter mattock, a shovel…

Don’t believe that it was all work. There was county fair enjoyment, birthday celebration, sunset delight, relaxing at the beach…

…the Little Princess made herself into art and everything.

My favorite picture from the trip: while my Piano Man tries to capture a sweet family moment (he shared his intent), the Little Princess completely ignores him (she was busy screaming at crows), my in-laws don’t hear him (they were looking at a barge that was transporting a house), I show my maturity and attentiveness by sticking my tongue out. But, be honest, he is so handsome that you probably wouldn’t have noticed us anyway.

Our trip to Friday Harbor is always the perfect end to the summer. It gets us ready for the madness to come. October is nuts around here—fall shows for my Piano Man, pre-winter tests for me, and Nature doing her yearly striptease… one leaf at a time. Perfect.

 

Passion Me Weird

Huye luna, luna, luna.
Si vinieran los gitanos,
harían con tu corazón
collares y anillos blancos.
~ Federico García Lorca

(an English translation, by moi)
Run away moon, moon, moon.
If the gypsies were to come,
they would make of your heart
white necklaces and rings.

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In his eyes, uncertainty and old hurts fight to murder want. I touch him with words, let language lick the startled curve of his lower lip, taste sun and moon in grape juice made spirits by drum and dance… And I whisper, “Passion me weird. Relax in me.”

He runs, runs, runs from me, screaming of storms and heart rings… then returns (mind-spooked but smiling), extending a cautious fingertip towards the dark that feeds my pen, adding living red to my blackest ink. He takes our story in his mouth, and his thoughts spell, What about my storm and your weird, our pandemonium?

I guide his inked finger into my heart, ask him to write himself in me… And I whisper, “Without your storm, my strange is lost. Can’t you feel it? For you, (my love of loves, is) my imagination and dreams, my unseen desires and black lace, the Me only You read.”

wet petals,
wined in fantasies
of summer

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the wee notes…
– Before I grew to love poetry, I had already fallen for Federico García Lorca’s writing. If you’ve never read Romancero gitano, La casa de Bernarda Alba, or Bodas de sangre (Gypsy Ballads, The House of Bernarda Alba, or Blood Weddings), I invite you to give them a go. You might fall, too… or, at least, stumble into a wondrous world of words.
– This poem swallowed five of my visual poem bits. See them on Instagram (here, here, here, here, here). I love crafting wholes out of pieces, writing things where they belong.
– Linked to Poets United ~ Poetry Pantry 368