THE DAILY DOG

RIVETED

It is possible that things will not get better
than they are now, or have been known to be.
It is possible that we are past the middle now.
It is possible that we have crossed the great water
without knowing it, and stand now on the other side.
Yes: I think that we have crossed it. Now
we are being given tickets, and they are not
tickets to the show we had been thinking of,
but to a different show, clearly inferior.

Check again: it is our own name on the envelope.
The tickets are to that other show.

It is possible that we will walk out of the darkened hall
without waiting for the last act: people do.
Some people do. But it is probable
that we will stay seated in our narrow seats
all through the tedious denouement
to the unsurprising end—riveted, as it were;
spellbound by our own imperfect lives
because they are lives,
and because they are ours.

Robyn Sarah | A Day’s Grace, 2003

JO Barrios | Paper Bag Palm, 2020

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THE WITCH ELM | TANA FRENCH

I’ve never read a crime novel. I chose this one based on several rave reviews and was hoping for a real mind-bender, but meh. Refused to give up on it despite the 528 pages and still did not get the thrill. Back to literary fiction and some best seller stuff!

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PEDESTRIAN CROSSING, CHARLOTTESVILLE

A gaggle of girls giggle over the bricks
leading off Court Square. We brake

dutifully, and wait; but there’s at least
twenty of these knob-kneed creatures,

blond and curly, still at an age that thinks
impudence is cute. Look how they dart

and dither, changing flanks as they lurch
along—golden gobbets of infuriating foolishness

or pure joy, depending on one’s disposition.
At the moment mine’s sour—this is taking

far too long; don’t they have minders?
Just behind my shoulder in the city park

the Southern general still stands, stonewalling us all.
When I was their age I judged Goldilocks

nothing more than a pint-size criminal
who flounced into others’ lives, then

assumed their clemency. Unfair,
I know, my aggression—to lump them

into a gaggle (silly geese!) when all
they’re guilty of is being young. So far.

Rita Dove | 2020

JO Barrios | Mujer, 2017

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OJAI

Hasta la pasta, Ojai! ♥

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WHO IS CHANDRA ARTHUR?