alarums & excursions

the canaries

docmarek:

i’d lay down on my belly
in the grass and the summer sun,
& line up the green dot
at the end of the barrel
with the body of the little
yellow canaries.
i’d hold my breath and squeeze
the trigger;
plumes of yellow feathers
spotted with blood
covered the grass.
the tomcat would lie with me
and pounce the dying birds.
i was young.
we were a team.
but now i’m older
and the tomcat is dead
and i don’t kill,
anymore.

diaspora of earthworms on a rainy day

docmarek:

it rained all day and
all night
and the ghettos are
flooded
& now there’s a
diaspora, a lost tribe
of earthworms,
scattered
on the sidewalks
with no moses
and no tablets
and no ark
and no chance

and the feet of the people
are taking them out
one by one and
sometimes even
two by two
and they’re dying,
all of them,
by the hundreds
thousands
millions,
writhing in pain
squirming in the sun
like ants being burned
by a child holding a
magnifying glass

and i wonder if there’s a
god.

(Source: docmarek)

cabinporn:

Red A-frame outside Fairplay, Colorado.
Writes contributor Scott Larson:

My dad’s cabin sits at nearly 11,000 feet and has no running water or electricity. Some of my paintings are drying in the foreground. 

cabinporn:

Red A-frame outside Fairplay, Colorado.

Writes contributor Scott Larson:

My dad’s cabin sits at nearly 11,000 feet and has no running water or electricity. Some of my paintings are drying in the foreground. 

day shift

docmarek:

the state is building a new highway
right through the city
that i live in
& i’m drinking black coffee
watching these
despondent twenty something’s
provide for their families
in snow & a windchill of
twenty-three degrees
while the foreman is
trying to yell above the traffic,
making hand…

(Source: docmarek)

panache-and-swagger:

If you don’t think chemists are hilarious let me explain something to you.  There are technical ways to name organic molecules based on how many carbons there are and what shape they’re in. 

But sometimes chemists say screw it and give them different names instead.

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