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  • We looked at
    what was to be-
    come our new home
    The setting
    It might have been by
    Frank Lloyd Wright
    - I had pored through
    passive solar dreams -
    I built the railings myself, the land-
    lord said.
    The rosewood
    over bedroom fireplace
    he said the man in the timber
    yard said, Just take it.

    When we returned from
    participating in the latest wedding at
    the Equator
    I saw my husband had put my birthday
    card up on top
    of the fridge
    and beside it
    the landlord
    had placed a fluted wooden bowl
    with a brass inside and
    lacquered outside was a dainty
    filigree of birds, leaves, tendrils in gold
    I turned it over and I read
    Made in Kashmir

    The landlord travels
    and in the garage I found
    a Buddha
    Cotton batik print icon
    stretched on a seemingly flimsy
    square wood frame
    where had he got the padding
    that was so smoothly flat
    or did it come like that

    That does not belong in here I said
    and placed it here and here until
    I found just the place for it
    our bedroom with the rosewood mantelpiece

    It fit. It looked across and out
    the picture
    window - everywhere we've lived
    we've lived with
    picture windows -

    and sat in meditative
    pose, silent watcher over
    the forest

    The landlord said
    where's The Buddha
    I made it myself
    I want it.

    I loved the landlord
    the fourth
    of the silverminer
    the first
    major discoverer
    of silver ore

    In searching for gold
    he had struck silver and
    had gone on to spawn
    the Fourth who surely had
    a heart of gold.

    Ave Maria (Andante Religioso): Op. 100, No. 19
    1:30 published: May 10, 2011 by Jeremiah Jones, Lisztonian
    Johann Friedrich Burgmuller

    Photo of mole hills on Phil, Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge
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