Posted in Family, Love, tagged poetry on February 19, 2013 |
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Seng is an ocean
Deep and shallow still and moving
With shores that stretch beyond sight
And fingers that reach up the strand
Back to deep
To the hidden large and constant universe
Nga is a sea of tall grass
With roots tangled anchored
To the ground
And stems that stretch for the golden sun
And wave and reach for
They hide the small and private things of the earth
with sound and movement and mystery
Wei is the night sky
Far and sparkling faint lights reaching down
Bright as pain at the source
Soft as mystery to the eye
There is no end
There is no start
Deep beyond imagining and twinkling patterns
Moving across life
Xan is the deep black soil
Holding roots water living things
Nurturer and shroud
Feeding crumbling and flowing
Wrapped around rocks, grass’s anchor
As far from the night sky as dreams
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Posted in Daily Life, Family, Love on September 18, 2012 |
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It’s a trope– the million to one chance. We use it to describe unlikely scenarios, that probably are 100 to 1, or 1000 to 1 possibilities. I’m sure there are statisticians whose teeth are set on edge by these phrases, especially the more exaggerated of them.
A million to one.
Last week I lost a new earring while walking to the local movie theater. It’s a 2 mile walk, so I didn’t even think about trying to recover it. I had no idea where along the walk I lost it, or even if I’d been wearing it when I left the house. In fact, earlier in the day I’d been downtown (that’s downtown Chicago), and wasn’t entirely sure I’d been wearing it when I got back in the car.
After we got home I realized it was gone, and went to bed in a teary snit. The next morning I found out my darling husband had retraced the entire 4 mile round trip at midnight, with a flashlight, trying to find it.
And still I thought–not even going to try, it’s completely ridiculous.
But the next day I thought about that darling man, walking through the not-all-that-safe neighborhood in the middle of the night, looking for my earring. So I retraced the route.
Million to one.
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