my daughter and I carried the spare table out back, began to live under green and blue. Spent our days nourished and noticing things. Like the flamboyance of a single tiger
lily against the foxgloves’ purple foil, or the way just-fledged finches played like kids in a fountain as the soaker-hose drenched their twitching wings. As men in faraway places carried their deaths onto buses in bombs strapped to thighs, we sought the golden lilt of the monarch. As soldiers bulldozed refugee homes, ate food stockpiled by the occupied, we absorbed the tickling scent of blooms, chased a flashing red to find a box- elder bug. While men in high places called assassinations and hookers, we learned the song of the chickadee, the maple leaves’ hushing. As boys fought to protect our way of life, we lived like we knew we were going to die.