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Poem for Sunday and Brookside Orchid Show

The Butterfly
By Matsuo Basho
Translated by Michael R. Burch

The butterfly
perfuming its wings
fans the orchid


We had rain and even flurries in the forecast for Saturday, but except for a bit of sleet, we got little precipitation that lasted more than a few minutes. So after lunch, we went to Brookside Gardens, which was having an indoor orchid show and sale, and after visiting that, we walked around the pond and admired the daffodils and forsythia.









We stopped at the food store on the way home to get Irish cheddar to have with our Irish veggie beef stew. Then we got some upsetting news -- Paul's brother David's wife Maria and her son were locked in a supply room in a store at Thousand Oaks Mall, which had a live shooter situation. They were fine, but traumatized, and at least one woman died.

We watched the Ohio State-Gonzaga game, then I'd had enough of basketball and we watched the new Jumanji. I enjoyed the actors within the game but the high school cliches were a bit overwhelming and I'm already forgetting what it was about, wish it had parodied women's roles in video games more, and didn't laugh as much as I wanted.

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