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Poem for July 4th and Aquarium Animals

Learning to Love America
By Shirley Geok-Lin Lim

because it has no pure products

because the Pacific Ocean sweeps along the coastline
because the water of the ocean is cold
and because land is better than ocean

because I say we rather than they

because I live in California
I have eaten fresh artichokes
and jacaranda bloom in April and May

because my senses have caught up with my body
my breath with the air it swallows
my hunger with my mouth

because I walk barefoot in my house

because I have nursed my son at my breast
because he is a strong American boy
because I have seen his eyes redden when he is asked who he is
because he answers I don’t know

because to have a son is to have a country
because my son will bury me here
because countries are in our blood and we bleed them

because it is late and too late to change my mind
because it is time.


I love having power! Even our cable returned this morning! I'm afraid I have not caught up on Facebook, LiveJournal, Pinterest, or anything else on the internet because I had to catch up on dishes, laundry, and other chores that I am perfectly delighted to be able to do. I took the kids to Lebanese Taverna for lunch because I couldn't face the grocery store in the morning and Paul wanted to go himself after work since he needed a bunch of things. Driving there, we discovered two enormous trees across local roads that haven't been touched yet by saws. No wonder my parents still have no power.

In the hot late afternoon I took a walk around the trail through the woods, though twice I had to circle back to the sidewalk because huge branches were blocking the trail. I did see four bunnies, so at least the rabbits are thriving despite the disruptions from the storm. After dinner (spaghetti and meatballs, since younger son has an early race and needed carbs) we watched Michael Wood's Story of England, the history of England seen through the village of Kibworth, then we watched the second half of Pride and Prejudice, which I got for Mother's Day on Blu-Ray and hadn't had a chance to watch!


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