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Carpe Momentum


















The Day After You Turn 77

The night before you had left the plastic porkpie hat (a birthday gag gift from your Duck Blind friend Machonne) on the newel post, and a lifetime later, it seemed, opened your eyes

to the next day, a day, you’ve come to know,

that may or may not be a moonwalk


into the next next day, when you glance out

the window (next to that mess of a desk),

blue sky, gale winds, Spanish


moss swaying like Martha Graham dancers,

wondering what this day might bring

(if it would bring anything)


beyond coffee, writing (your solo pas de deux)

after which you might imagine yourself

skipping down the stairs,


a latter-day Charlie Chaplin donning the porkpie

hat and dancing over to the Publix, maybe

work in the yard, bike across to Sands


Beach, then on to the Wetlands, cruising past

gators patrolling the murky water, wood

storks nesting high in the trees,


a pink spoonbill on a fallen log, pedaling back

to the Duck Blind for a Manhattan

with your girl on the porch,


splash of orange and pink sky, sun disappearing

beyond the marshes behind Battery

Creek, the Low Country


going dark, blinds closed into the dance of sleep

as we leave our bodies, still as wind,

wild as eternity


—SL, Port Royal SC/New Paltz NY, May 2023



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marilyn.bardo
May 22, 2023

So hauntingly peaceful (except for the Charlie Chaplin amusing thought!). I felt that I was right there experiencing all the amazing things that nature regales us with.

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write4hire
May 23, 2023
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Thankyouthankyouthankyou ... it's all in the moment, like this one.

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write4hire
May 16, 2023

Right back at you, brother.

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myadams1229
myadams1229
May 16, 2023

Thank you for Martha moss, birds and beaches.

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write4hire
May 16, 2023
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🙏

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Michael Halminski
Michael Halminski
May 15, 2023

For your birthday, I raised a glass in your honor, and it wasn't coffee. If I'm not mistaken, your birthday was only a day apart (close enough) from Willie Nelson's 90th. I have number 74 tomorrow. If you're in town stop in for a drink, sit around a fire and maybe even enjoy some local seafood.

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