Carol Bass

a continuous flow of feelings and color, inspired by the beauty around us

Post 262: grunt fish, blue bike, cleats, squash, southern boy

the cows are dancing

old Southern Boy

he rode his bike down
asked Owie to make him some cleats
“my builder put the doors on backwards,
I can hold ‘em up with the cleats
and switch ‘em”

“grunt fish, good eatin’ ” he said
“reef dwellers, pretty blue lines
running through yellow,
I’ll bring you some.”

when he was five
fishing with his daddy, catching hundreds
jumping up and down
“Daddy, I wanna catch one, let me catch one!
now can I? how can I?”
Daddy said, “sure ok, sure, quiet down!
you gotta hear them biting!”

gave him his cleats
with a bag of squash
same color yellow on those grunts
and he left, riding that line
on his blue bike

Post 217: sea oats, bluebirds, marshes

Carol Bass:

more editing…….could work on this forever

Originally posted on PAS de DEUX:

sea oats

sowing sea oats

chartruese, electric, unreal green
rising up into dead brown marsh grass
half and half life death play
speechless again
at the world

I’m sowing sea oats
in honor of my children

these seeds will grow, give the bluebirds
places to rest

when my kids see them waving in the breeze
they will know

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Post 262: New Orleans, jazz, alive, Putin, turtles

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New Orleans Jazz

wanted you to know that before dawn today
I thought about you visiting your sister in New Orleans
how she wears her lipstick, bold and thick and luscious
several ultrmarine silk scarves in varying patterns
’round her neck

you two always meet there for the jazz
some people know the art of living
the rest could take lessons

while you were gone
3 fishing boats quietly left together
underneath the stars
puttering out to sea in the dark before dawn

later that morning Mrs. Painted Bunting
visited the feeder and stayed forever
the cowpeas grew an inch
and the breeze never stopped
three foxes crossed the road
by BOBO’s bar-b-q right at dusk
a harrier hawk flew low over our car for 1/4 mile

I wish Putin was filled with wonder
and thought with such tenderness
ate BOBO’s pulled pork
visited New Orleans
and belly laughed more
instead of keeping the natural gas from his neighbors
so he could feel big

if he came to the beach
he might see the turtles hatching in the sand
hi tailing it the waves
his awe with such miracles
might overwhelm his not having been really loved as a child
then the whole world could listen to jazz whenever it wanted

Post 260: meditation, hitchhiking, Buddha,

On the Way to the Flower Farm

MESSENGERS

they don’t even know how they keep us burning

Gregory always walked from his house on Highway 174
to market or the gas station
I had passed him for months, even years,
me wondering, he wandering
he didn’t appear to be employed

never asking for a ride
walking like Thich Nhat Hanh
hands clasped
I had seen what I thought was a ceramic Buddha in his yard
I assumed he was enlightened
beyond us all

this morning I offered him a ride, it was cold
and the sun bright and hopeful
we spoke along the way
I learned his name
asked if he was Buddhist

our eyes locked for a moment and he said,
“I’m just trying to take the proper steps”

Post 259: little blue heron, coastal waters

BLUSTERY HEAVENS

LITTLE BLUE HERON WITH GREEN LEGS

does anyone know why?
the gangly and graceful wood storks like to hang out
with their friends?

but the Little Blue Heron chooses to be alone?
maybe she’s struck with the beauty of this world
and all she can manage is absorbing

her good fortune
having a body with celadon green legs
pale as the oceans of central america
her covering of stunning indigo blue feathers

she can squawk and squeal, unembarrassed
that her voice doesn’t match her glamour
and she gets to forage for tender fish
swimming in the new emerging vegetation of coastal waters
her awe that she wasn’t born a pack animal
a lumbering camel in the sub sahara

Post 258: Black River, dreams, singing, crying

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FLOWING BLACK WATER

feel the river as it pours shallow over sandy earth
over and through the branches
reaching other tributaries
like the spine of your lover
keeping love flowing
flowing through my dreams
hearing the water’s voice
singing with the swimming snakes tickling the currents
my body floating downstream
such life coming from down deep
giving water to everything nearby
the river cries now
cries out to us
we’re coming
hold on
hold on

Post 257: New Year’s Hawk

New Year's Hawk

Forever I Waited

by the cold glass of the window
watching the hawk
who was watching the dead grass
for any movement

head turning 180
wind fluffing up feathers
stretching out a left claw
balling talons in and out
tucking it up
in warm tummy feathers
keeping limber for the hunt

wildness blessing
in a split second
she was gone

Post 256: Hot Collards, bourbon, pecan pie, marsh grass, poem, painting

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HOT COLLARDS and the SINGING LADY

on the way to the church supper
the marsh green golds
flow into celadon field cabbages
and the lady sings as she serves
…”leaning on the everlasting arms”
the grass green peas
the soft pale lima beans
the dark steamy collards
all salty with ham juice
so much green
and the pecan pie with bourbon
that Martha is serving
will save you in the afternoon
while you dance to the music
alone by yourself

the chickens and goats
at Lone Palmetto Farms
dance too in the fields
you are not alone
the plumber leaves eggs on your porch
not alone
you cook an omelette of gold

then life
riddled with black holes
bubbles on the surface
and is tolerable
…monumental even
so much love color

Post 255: Highway 174 energy, Cleopatra, tar, beach, poetry, painting

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CLEOPATRA OF HIGHWAY 174

her long coiled locks
…partially tamed by a yellow hard hat
and the steamy tar
whispered their common textures
rich, dense, oil-thick, robust blackness
scorching in the morning sun

the battered sign she held
rusty red metal
flashed while she moved

safe on the grassy shoulder
her slow-stop turning
controlled the crawling beach traffic

grease-spattered work pants
highway yellow vest
…over dark graceful breasts
a discovery for the pages of Vogue

were other drivers as stunned ?
needing a jolt to wake up ?
needing no gold, no Mark Antony
her simple being was more than enough

Post 254: deer, painting, remaining calm…..poetry, art

all morning, the deer

love magic

all morning the deer came
stared with big brown eyes
like I was their mother

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