#7 summer summit 2018

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I have been patiently awaiting the first sight of fireflies this June. The other night the first one appeared on my window screen. As a kid I associated summer with the ocean, fireflies and going barefoot. After school was over my mother could not wait to get out of the city so we packed up our VW van and decamped for eastern Long Island for long days of child-like time for both the kids and the adults.

My memory of those days is like an animal energy. I was ocean and firefly and I could leave behind all remembrances of tests and spelling. I had no idea what kohlrabi was or that there was more than one species of firefly. One of my best friend's family bought a house that had previously been a kohlrabi farm. Every time I plant, cook, or take a photo of it I can't help but think of their house. I visualize how they slowly, with a lovely sensibility transformed the farm into a cottage and an artist's studio. I have magical, childlike associations of what a summer night should be.

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SINGULARITY  [by Marie Howe]

          (after Stephen Hawking)

Do you sometimes want to wake up to the singularity

we once were?

so compact nobody

needed a bed, or food or money --

nobody hiding in the school bathroom

or home alone

pulling open the drawer

where the pills are kept.

For every atom belonging to me as good

Belongs to you.

There was no   Nature.    No
them.   No tests

to determine if the elephant

grieves her calf    or if

the coral reef feels pain.    Trashed

oceans don't speak English or Farsi or French;

would that we could wake up   to what we were

-- when we were ocean    and before that

to when sky was earth, and animal was energy, and
rock was

liquid and stars were space and space was not

at all -- nothing

before we came to believe humans were so important

before this awful loneliness.

Can molecules recall it?

what once was?    before anything happened?

No I, no We, no one. No was

No verb      no noun

only a tiny tiny dot brimming with

is is is is is

All   everything   home

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