What is the vitality and necessity
of clean water?
Ask the man who is ill, who is lifting
his lips to the cup.
Ask the forest.
A snippet pour vous from one of my new birthday poetry books, Evidence by Mary Oliver. I am going to do some little exercises in copying her style when I have time in the next few weeks. I am sitting in my brother's old bedroom in our home, which is now my father's office and is a mishmosh of contractor's paraphernalia, Search and Rescue post-it notes, my brother's trinkets (a stone rhinoceros from South Africa, Harry Potter books, Tintin posters, climbing ropes and a drawer full of knives from around the world). Here are some of the post-its my father has in lines along the desk:
"Modern search theory emphasizes mathematics - especially probability theory."
"Decision points demand terrain analysis. How does terrain guide subject?"
"A circular search area is a failure of investigation."
"Data can be very different depending on who collects it."
"Dad I totally love you and your straight letters. You are the best. Tor"
The last one was mine. The only post it that makes a lot of sense to me is the one about data - true in all aspects of life, including literature and conversation. The photo is of me, in a millinery creation from maybe 8th grade.