Vignoble d’hiver

Vignoble d’hiver Long before the Roman legions marched Long before the Visigoths ruled with iron Long before the Moors galloped in Long before the Franks reconquered Long before the Catalan kingdom arose Long before the Cathar heretics burned Long before the French king whipped Spain Long before the Revolution changed the game Long before the... Continue Reading →

What is the weight of joy?

What is the weight of joy? Photograph by D Young. New Orleans Mardi Gras 1984. A street drain is leaning halfway into the ground as oak tree roots grow around it on South Claiborne in New Orleans on Thursday, August 10, 2017. (Photo by Chris Granger, The Times-Picayune) Sonnet: Forty-six Tons of Mardi Gras Beads... Continue Reading →

What To Believe

What To Believe On our afternoon walk up rue Arago we saw signs of winter passing. Puddles from a recent rain are drying up. Year-end holiday window displays are coming down, one by one. Afternoon sunlight is falling into crevices darkened since before the solstice. Winter’s gripping fears of decline and decay, aging and mortality... Continue Reading →

What’s the sign for hope?

What’s the sign for hope? Hope may be the thing with feathers, But what white horse isn’t? As the world turns, We’ll see. . Photograph by D Young. St. Paul de Fenouillet, 2014. Text by R Young, December 29, 2017.

Basilica do Bom Jesus

Basilica do Bom Jesus Victor’s mission begins The dawn sun picks at the hilltop Shadows and silence in the valley Victor packs side saddles on his bike Makes the final check of supplies Three coils of rope: cotton, hemp, nylon Flares and spikes and entrenching tools Bicycle repair kit with extra screws and bolts and... Continue Reading →

Ana & Tinman Assess Contingencies

Ana & Tinman Assess Contingencies 1. Hardly a screech was there when Out walked our naked mother instinct Her river barges leaking petroleum She casting nets for contingencies. Being with Ana is like gargling salt water We had crossed humid evenings had we Striding damp-broiled fishy Sounds Ana fronting inked lines for dinner when Humid... Continue Reading →

December in New York City

December in New York City Today’s whisper of icy, snowy weather incites helpless nostalgia bringing back the 80s and 90s with the first of December packing for our winter vacation taking our daily walk at New York Speed to get in shape for the pace of Gotham. Early on the scheduled morning we would lock... Continue Reading →

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