Friday, April 28, 2017

Thing 2

Stratigraphy of Alabama

Every state has a geologic map. The geology of Alabama is complicated and there are hundreds of different units indicated on the map. The map is accompanied by a slim book called Stratigraphy of Alabama, which has a brief description of each of those units. The Geological Survey of Alabama is revising this book, and I get to be a part of it. The revised book will, I think, have a couple of pages about each unit and will be a lot more useful than the old one. It will also be a lot more work, and I'm excited to be able to help. We only started recently, and I have no idea when we will be finished, but I will be sure to let you know.


America needs
the Wall like
goldfish need lead  boots


Maybe the geckos will appreciate it

Deep in a distant swirl
of stars and dust,
call it a galaxy,
a star exploded the day you were born.
Its light
will reach Earth
a billion years after the last
human dies.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Wednesday, April 26, 2017


on a planet with
seven moons
this poem's too short

A lune.


The Lady Banks rose is still blooming, after at least two months. Two weeks is more typical for it. Not that I am complaining. It also doesn't usually start blooming in February. We have white and red gladioli blooming, and irises and lilies are blooming still. The blueberry bush is bigger than a shoebox this year and has at least a half a cup of blueberries on it. All in all, an auspicious start.

flowers draw us in
we are trained to provide
food and water
in exchange for the lives
of their unborn children
which we display like trophies
in glass and ceramic receptacles
for reasons they cannot fathom