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Ordained

Dead fern in snow
When the poets of old
wrote of star-crossed lovers
they were partly right
and partly wrong
due to a tragedy of scope and scale
and obsession with particular causality,
working backwards
or worse, forwards—
while stars like these ordain the just-rightness
of you and me, it could have been
any …
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Whirling

Trees, sunlight, and shadow in Habdur

"the way he cries out for the majesty
he's lost,
give me that longing!"

—Rumi, "Hangover Remorse"

I don't know
if Rumi was bipolar
but I know he whirled,
students scrambling
to write down the poems
he spontaneously spoke
about pain and loss
and the beauty
all around
before he …
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The Noble Peasantry: Reimagining Class

wild daisies

"If I seem to boast more than is becoming, my excuse is that I brag for humanity rather than for myself."

—Henry David Thoreau

Though not fantastic in itself—far from it—a clear division of class into the land-owning nobility and the land-tending peasantry is a near-ubiquitous trope of …

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Heirlooms

upright grand piano, tilted
Grandma taught us all
that her sickly parents
sent her down
to the old-timey version
of what we all came to know
as Pic 'N' Save
with a pocketful of nickels and old-timey coupons
to buy old-timey expired food
so big girl Grandma could portion out little pieces
for her …
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Heroes and Danger: A Role-Playing Game for Pre-Literate Children

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In the summer of last year I babysat once a week for a family of three kids: four, six, and eight years old. Being an adult nerd I see it as my personal responsibility to bring up the next generation, so I looked around for a tabletop role-playing game suitable …

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