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Poem for Thursday and Brighton Dam Azalea Garden

Bright Felon DVD Extra/Alternate Ending
By Kazim Ali

In the convicted evening I am a victor struck loose and restless,
creeping for the unlocked window.

The family inside at the dinner table is mine.

Listening to the escape story on the radio, my mother's hand freezes
in the air halfway to her mouth.

She realizes it's me they're talking about.

Lightning by lightning the minute before thunder.

Streets as empty as a beach before rain.

My hand on the cold glass.

Car alarm, tornado warning, catastrophe.

Who remembers the criminal son, free of the labyrinth and still
unsought, unthought of.

Oh when will the streetlamps blink out so my father can appear furtive
at the door and beckon me furiously in.


The 30th anniversary of my high school graduation (something I would have forgotten about had a fellow classmate not reminded me on Facebook) was another day without any major excitement to report, apart from a sale at AC Moore, which I visited to get split rings and lobster claw clasps to add to the $1 bead bracelets I bought at the folk festival last weekend, but left with two $2 quartz bracelets, two $2.50 sparkly velvet-look scarves, and two $1 red large-hole beads for my in-progress Maryland Terrapins add-a-bead bracelet. That shopping and playing with the jewelry constituted my fun for the day.

I did get to chat with neighbors and to see bunnies, chipmunks, and a deer all running around crazy in the neighborhood, which it turns out they were doing because a storm was fact, it was drizzling before I got home from walking. We watched the first half of The 100's season finale, which was great -- sure, the dialogue is crap and the science is questionable, but the characters are good and the show passes the Bechdel Test with flying colors. Here are some photos from the Brighton Dam Azalea Garden, which we visited early last month on the way home from the Sheep and Wool Festival:


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