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Poem for Wednesday and USBG Cacti

From The Marriages of Jacob
By Charlotte Mandel

Kicked by a goat's hoof, a stone
ricochets, bruising her sandalled heel.
A bluish sickle moon
floats in barren twilight.
A trickle of monthly flow
stains her groin.

As a boy might do, Rachel
picks up the stone
and hurls it at the sky's hated
ghost calendar:

Plant lentils at the full
wheat at the dark
barley under the horn
Plant a son
as the husband wills


Tuesday was even stranger than Monday. In between moving laundries that have not yet been folded, I fought with Google Docs all morning, though apparently it is no longer making Windows Explorer crash on my laptop. Daniel went out to lunch with my father; Adam came home from school and discovered that his best friend may not be moving to Oklahoma after all, based on school transfer compatibility issues, but we took Adam, both Daniels, Thomas, and ourselves out to dinner at Plaza Azteca anyway.

So I am quite contentedly full of cheese enchiladas, Mexican rice and beans, and what was left of our King Cake, but I didn't get a lot done. We came home and watched a rerun of the PBS special about Highclere Castle, where Downton Abbey is filmed (lots of fun stuff about the Egyptian antiquities collected by George Herbert, the 5th Earl of Carnarvon, who funded the expedition that discovered King Tut's tomb). It's not a real desert but here are some photos from the cactus habitat at the US Botanical Garden:


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