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NaPoWriMo2019 #25

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April in the Low Desert of Arizona

My favorite time of year
To walk the neighborhood
Mockingbirds tease me with their songs
Hummingbirds dashing from trumpet to trumpet
Everything in bloom
A feast for the eyes
A riot of color
Though sometimes my nose
Detects the blossoms’ subtle perfume
Before I even see them
Embryonic fruit makes my mouth water
With the promise of future sweetness
Even the wilderness is
Awash in nature’s perilous seduction
The cactus displaying its plumage
Look but don’t touch

©ARHuelsenbeck

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NaPoWriMo2019 #24

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Latin_dictionary by Dr. Marcus Gossler

Photo by Dr. Marcus Gossler

See

Sectorial
Secular
Secularization
Secund
Secundine
Secundogeniture
Secundum
Securance
Securement
Securiform
Sedation
Sedentary
Sedurant
Sedgy
Sediment
Sedimentation
Sedition
Seducer
Seductress
Sedulity
Sedum
See

©ARHuelsenbeck

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NaPoWriMo2019 #23

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NaPoWriMo2019 #23

The Dog I Never Wanted

You weren’t supposed to be my dog.
You were supposed to be Daddy’s dog.

After Rudi left for the great dog bed in the sky,
I told Daddy we’d have no more dogs
Because I was tired of caring for them.

Daddy promised that this time he would
Walk the dog and take him to the vet
All by himself.

I said no.

When Christmas came, the only thing Daddy wanted was a dog.

And I wanted to go to Israel.

So we went to the pound.
I couldn’t stand the cacophony of pitbull barking, so
I sat and waited while Daddy searched for a dachshund that
Reminded him of Rudi.
He couldn’t find one.
But he saw you, huddled in the corner
Of your cage, and he was overcome with
Mercy and love.
The attendant wrapped you in a soft
Blanket and we held you in the exercise yard.
Your big eyes spoke to us of fear and loss
As you shivered in our arms,
Tragic and adorable at the same time.
I gave my blessing for you to become
Daddy’s dog
With Daddy in charge of all your care.

Chihuahua

When we brought you home, you
Peed and pooped on the floor and
Hid under the bed.
And there you stayed all night.
We tried moving the
Bed to extract you, but you
Continued to position yourself
Just out of our reach.

The next morning we called a
Dog whisperer, who whispered until he could
Slip a finger under your collar. I
Withdrew you from your haven and
Deposited you in the carrier which
Became your safety zone.
For many days, you never left the carrier
Without a leash clipped onto your harness.
And whenever you were placed before its open door,
You were only too happy to hustle inside.

But you never let Daddy take you
Out of the carrier. You
Growled and wedged yourself
‘Way in the back,
Your teeth bared and ready to nip at
The hand that wanted only to
Stroke and comfort you.

You wouldn’t allow Daddy to lead you
With the leash. You’d grip the floor with
Your claws. You wouldn’t eat from the food dish
Daddy prepared for you until he was
Out of your sight. But my presence you required.

You would not go outside to potty unless
I opened the door.

A friend told me, “Chihuahuas choose one human.
Guess what. You’re it.”

Chihuahua, NaPoWriMo

No! No! This wasn’t what I agreed to!
I lobbied to take you to a no-kill shelter or
A Chihuahua rescue organization.
Daddy negotiated to keep you.
“Remember how terrified he was at the pound?
We can’t let him go back to that.
At least people love him here
And there are no pitbulls barking.”

Daddy put a dog bed next to my desk,
And here you live out your days,
Your ears pivoting like radar sensors.
Every couple of hours we go out in the
Backyard, and when it’s time for bed I
Put you to sleep in your carrier.
You are my constant companion.

Chihuahua, NaPoWriMo

I never wanted you, Ralphie,
But I can’t imagine living without you now.
Good boy.

©ARHuelsenbeck

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In the Meme Time: Q is for Quiet

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Quiet

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Wordless Wednesday: O is for Olive Tree

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NaPoWriMo2019 #16

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The Removal of Wrinkles

The process requires a heat source with a handle.
Also, a flat surface.
And the item from which the wrinkles will be removed. (In my experience, this is most often a man’s garment, one which usually covers the upper body.)
You will remove the wrinkles from one section of the item at a time.
Place the item on the flat surface with the section located optimally.
Be sure to smooth the section with your hands before you apply the heat source.
Gently glide the heat source across the section, guiding the heat source with the handle.
When the section is free of wrinkles, reposition the item
so that the next section is optimally located on the surface.
Repeat the steps of the process: position, smooth, and glide
until the entire item is devoid of wrinkles.

©ARHuelsenbeck

iron and ironing board; how to iron a shirt

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NaPoWriMo2019 #13

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Magic

What If

What if
What if dogs are God’s instruments of karma
Paying you back for all the good (or crap) you have ever done?

What if you could make beautiful instruments out of cast-off items from a landfill?

What if you tried really, really hard—could you fly from your roof to the supermarket?
Could you swim across the ocean?
Could you jump to Mars?

What if you added glitter to brown paint? Could you paint a mud puddle reflecting the light of the sun?

What if you brewed leaves in hot water and drank it like tea? Would it taste good? Would it cure cancer?

What if you walked backwards three times around your best friend? Would it make her forget the mean thing you said to her five minutes ago?

What if you built a skyscraper with titanium beams instead of steel? Could you build it into a spiral instead of a column?

What if people smiled at everyone they passed?

What if you buried a dollar in the ground and a money tree sprouted up from it?

What if you could hold an idea in your hand?

©ARHuelsenbeck

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