Saturday, August 31, 2013

I wonder at the curse of being ordinary

if we speak about what sits in us
this is considered to be poor communication
as if the ordinary sentences of our jail time
were mundane evidence
of a pallid life

I wonder at the curse of being ordinary
the pale rose fainting on the shoulder
of the rubbing alcohol vine that
forms a bandage about the maple tree
where the shoulder pads of the dogwoods bloat

at first I thought poetry was delicate webs
about the face to skim the surface and obscure
eye and nose      less is more     and hiding
is best      but it seems poetry is more strata in stone
than visuals    it is doubtful that I can make such rock

I cannot do this but I can make compost 
I shovel the busty lumps out of the compost heap
dislodge the earthworms      flee the field mice
and rub out a few ants      the stones in the pile
grow higher      I wish this were easy

when I get tired
of flinging mud around
I stop   I post the peony   back into place
at the side of the heap     I lick a postage stamp
of water over the envelope     I leave the corner and go 

into private visions

I look at the thin books of poetry on the shelves
of second hand book stores
and I flip through their lines

I do not want to read them

they mumble about odd stages
and brittle moments
in the end they dog and cat

I feel that we should have some language

that is foreign to us
that is to be translated
in ways that will not be similar

as if we were each turfing odd phrases

out of ourselves
as we read the poems
as if we were transforming what is present

into private visions

I would like a poetry
of such lines   where a poem
is stretched out before the reader

and taken into bondage

I would like such deep possession
the reader a rapist of sorts and then
the poem     possessed  

is owned by the reader

this seems violent
and perhaps this is what is lacking
out of the plain words    there is no warfare

we have docile phrases to soothe us

I read the lines as if I were falling
down the stairs   as if when I land
I will land on my feet

as if there was no danger 

why not instead

they tell me that love is something
you give mouth to mouth
like life itself to someone
parched and dying

I doubt this
love seems more inevitable
than resuscitation
like a death that you go to

knowing the you
that you were
will no longer exist
once you have given in

the submission is terrible
like the fruit flies that come
to the rotting fruit
to spend their few last moments of life

I simply despise
the sullen affection
why not instead
make a shower of stars

and lay the moon
on that bed?
why not be the sun
writing over the dark night with luminous lines?

it is hard to think of the
sniveling girl   the abject
submission   the stolen hours
some sort of pointless death that won't

make a woman out of you
but certainly will prop up the man
it is a bad business
akin to stabbing yourself with a rusty nail

a sheer drop from health
to tetanus   the morbid
certainty    of  death
after unrelieved safety  

if you sit long enough in a chair

if you sit long enough in  a chair
roots begin to grow out of your body
your arms stiffen
leaves appear in your hair

flowers flow out of your mouth
the dusty fruit bloat your chest
and the arms bow under their weight
you want to shake free of the possession

but the moon stamps her foot
and you quieten the rebellion    the slipper she throws
through the window   lands on your
writhing trunk      how you wish you knew how

the wind travels through the instruments of the grasses
plaiting their pliable forms to shave a song as he goes
how you wish you knew the secret of motion
and music    twinned in an invisible travail

that cannot be learned (at least I do not think it can)
but must be grown like apples on the stunted
tree   that has been gnawed on gratefully
by the hare in the bullock winter snows

"This was very intimidating. We've never seen such an organised place. So many boats, so many people. How are we going to face them? "We overcame that. At some point you just have to do it. He was nervous, but disability is a limitation in the mind - it's only in the mind - and once he's on the water, it is forgotten.

because you have been a bone all day
you decide to flesh yourself in words

you decide to sit
in the shadows of the room

you look out at the shattered sun
that is all glass shards of rose mist

it is very hard to think like this
but the words seep into the cup of water

you begin to feel the heat
perhaps you can revive with this drink

the stones that you carry
are put down    the grasses sway

to the music that is in them
it maybe that the whole world hears the song

that we resist       that the cells divide
to the eternal rhythm that we hide from

in the green fields by the door of the marsh
the cattails leap out of their skins and nakedly go

their fluff bundles are given to the winter traveler
the grasses shape walls of gold     the geese skip

stones of their bodies over the watery skies
and the pink mists form bows and ribbons about

the fingers of buildings
(perhaps they are put there to ensure we remember summer)

the dust has forgiven its own seedy dispersal
and formed a long arrangement  of curlicues   over the walls

of the fence where the
robin has discovered love

paintings of the willows devolve by the water
a paddle of a fox rows for the forest that is a husk

but who moves his oar?
who moves the entire?

who says     go forward?
and who says    do not fear?

a shimmer of leaves on the maple tree
becomes patriotic    and flings away its red hearts

a slug that I found under the wet rug
turned over to die     embarrassed by the exposure

the clematis

her many portals
those flowers

there are doors that never open
what are yours?
30 August 2013Last updated at 06:45 GMT

Kenyan fisherman beats polio and poverty to paddle with elite

William Araka is a long way from home - and he looks it.
A beacon of colourful Kenyan attire adrift in a sea of tracksuited athletes, he sits down and drops his crutches to the floor - crutches to replace the large, wooden pole with which he supported his withered right leg when he first arrived.
Araka, who says he is about 40 years old, is Kenya's lone paracanoeist at the sport's world championships in Duisburg, Germany.
At home, he is a fisherman. Fishing is a career forced upon him by polio, which he says "attacked" him as a five-year-old.
"I cannot do a lot of work," Araka tells the BBC. "If I can get sitting work, work where I just sit and do, that I can do."
His brother gave him the fishing job a decade ago as it let him sit down in a boat. There are not many fish - often barely enough for a meal - so it is no living to speak of.
"We are so poor," Araka murmurs, more in wonder than resentment, as the world's finest glide past in carbon-foam kayaks.
William Araka on his crutches
Araka, in traditional attire, on his crutches at the side of the lake in Duisburg
But his job does provide months of daily paddling on Kenya's vast Lake Victoria, in the rural Budalangi district hundreds of miles from Nairobi, the Kenyan capital, in his wooden boat. And that has given Araka a talent.
When he decided to enter a race at his local canoe club, Margaret Mukami was there to watch. She had just trained as a classifier, an official who places disabled athletes in the correct class to ensure they race alongside those with similar abilities.
Mukami headed out to Budalangi as part of her job and saw something special in Araka.
"They told me about him there," she says. "They have an annual competition and he beat the guy who we thought was better. So we said we'd try to get him to the world championships."
Mukami says a 2010 survey found that 6% of Kenyans have a form of disability. It often leads to intense poverty and near-total reliance on family. Araka has four children and a wife to support, and must ask friends to help him pay for food and school fees.
Disability sport is deeply engrained in British society. A year on, the London 2012 Paralympics are hailed as an influential milestone in the movement's history; disabled athletes are regulars on national TV and the achievements of initiatives like Battle Back - a training programme for injured servicemen and women - are celebrated.
But in Kenya, when Araka borrowed a good boat and hit the qualifying time for this year's world championships, he began to cover new ground for his community and its disabled members.
"Let them get into sport," says Mukami. "Whatever doors sport opens for them, good. If it opens a press area, go for it. If you're good in sport, go for it... anything that will open the door for these guys so they stop being idle, and they don't depend on the second family member."
William Araka and Margaret Mukami
Araka and Mukami watch proceedings at the paracanoe worlds
Araka's journey to Duisburg has been a long one. He set off with Mukami on a day's trek to Nairobi, then flew for a day via Amsterdam (the trip was paid for by the sport's world governing body).
Now that he is here, his experience is not without its fraught moments.
Twenty minutes before his heat, Araka remains nervously perched in the chair. Mukami has to urge him to get going, then help him into the kayak.
When he eventually paddles away, he heads in the opposite direction to the start line and ends up on the wrong lake.
Three minutes before his race is due to start, Araka is back at the boat launch and looking perplexed. A fellow canoeist points towards the start line, 200m away. Only then does he inject some urgency, reaching the correct lane with moments to spare.
The race begins and, having effectively raced the distance twice in his hurry to reach the start, Araka is 15 seconds off the winning pace. He has not qualified for the final; these 56 seconds will be the only action he sees. But he avoids finishing last, by a tenth of a second.
When he gets back to the launch and a delighted Mukami, Araka is giggling with joy. The thrill of competition and achievement radiates from his smile.
"The race was good. I was not defeated," he announces. He playfully insists his outing on the wrong lake was "a warm-up". Mukami is crying.

Kenyan Paralympic facts

  • Kenya won six medals at London 2012 - two golds, two silvers and two bronzes
  • All of the medals came on the track at the Olympic Stadium
  • The team featured 13 athletes
  • Paracanoe will make its Games debut in Rio in 2016
Later, Araka can only find the right words to sum up his experience in Swahili. Mukami translates: "He says he has seen and he is going to tell others what they need to do."
Now, Araka finds the English he wants: "Especially those ones that are like me."
Mukami spoke about sport opening doors. Will this open doors for Araka when he is back home again, a disabled fisherman with a family to feed?
"It just might," she says. "I don't want to say so now, but we're going to see the outcome.
"This was very intimidating. We've never seen such an organised place. So many boats, so many people. How are we going to face them?
"We overcame that. At some point you just have to do it. He was nervous, but disability is a limitation in the mind - it's only in the mind - and once he's on the water, it is forgotten.
"This is getting him to see that he's not so bad. There are other guys [whose disabilities] are worse, who are here. When he takes all that information across [to Kenya], they will embrace the sport."

if you watch the sky long enough

you must not imagine
the end
before you begin

the dead work their way
to the shore
and then leave

light flows over the slope
of the trees
the pour of pink ash falls like shucked shells

all day the restless search
for a way to travel
I sit in the shadows and still

if you watch the sky long enough
you no longer need to go out
you can write lines in clouds  that seem

but everything is an interruption
phrases caught on sails of water bailing out

the boat you travel on
a long whip of grass
flogs the skin of the prairie

how will you understand misery?
all day the endless going out to do
nothing   the ship flips on its back

you leave the sad rehearsals
of the search    you sit in the dullness
of the empty words 

if you watch the sky long enough
you can make a poem out of rain falling
in letters of mourning

you can shape a stanza
out of the puddles of water
and stitch a song out of this contact

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 I have spent the entire day looking at cars.
This is not the best way to spend a day but when your minivan leaks and you don't know if the leaks will get fixed in the near future and winter is headed our way we don't want to be stuck on the roads in ice and snow.
The Ford car we are looking at is the Ford Edge Sport. It is very expensive. We will have to go into debt to buy it.
I feel nervous about buying a Ford car.
This is because I have never bought one.
I have always bought a Toyota.
I didn't like the Ford Edge Limited.
But we tried the Ford Edge Sport and it seems nicer than the Limited.  I don't know why. It seems better in the back seat (I always sit in the back to figure out if the boys will like to be in the car on long trips to the mountains.)

We are still thinking about it as it will take us 48 months to pay it off and it's a big chunk of cash.
Hubby likes it but I am not so sure.
It seems fussy to drive.
I will have to test drive it soon.
I tried a few days ago but it felt so different from my Sienna that I gave up after a small test drive.
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Based on 494 Ratings for the 2007 - 2013 models.
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This is the best car I have ever owned.

By  (UT) on Thursday, August 29, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 85,000
overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "I bought it used and the price was very reasonable"
Cons: "I would like grab handles in the front"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"My little black Edge was bought to drive 55 mile to work and back over a mountain pass. In the winter with the all-wheel drive it was very relieable dand sure footed. It gets good gas mileage. The back seats fold down and I can put dan amazing amnount of stuff in it. It is the best car I have ever owned and would by another one when this one ever wears out."
1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Love my Ford!!!

By  (IL) on Wednesday, August 28, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 71,000
overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Good gas mileage, sporty, great ride,"
Cons: "Wheel barrings tend to wear out too quick"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I wanted an Edge for years!! When I finally got in good standing for a new payment, I decided a used one would be more affordable. I got a 2008 Ford Edge SEL. I absolutely love it. The previous owner was someone I knew and was told she didn't take great care of it, but you couldn't tell. The car runs and drives great. It's the perfect size for anyone who wants to upsize from a car without getting a gas guzzler. I would recommend this to anyone. It is sporty enough for my husband and has the accommodations I prefer. It will definitely make a great family car also."

Great Ride, good milage, nice solid feeling SUV

By  (WI) on Monday, August 05, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,500
overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Great Ride, decent milage, SE is a great Value"
Cons: "cannot see the front hood when parking."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"This has been a great SUV so far, traded in a 2001 Escape in for it, What a change, much quieter on the hyway, good gas milage so far, 26.9 mpg(my escape w/3.0 was 22 mpg on same roads) in mixed town/hiway driving. its a FWD with 3.5 L motor. Much more comfortable seats. Wish the hood was like the Escape though as I could see the front better when parking(I am 6'2")"
8 people out of 8 found this review helpful

SUV w/car ride!

By  (IA) on Tuesday, July 30, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000
overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "comfort/ease of operation/quiet-secure ride"
Cons: "would like more variety of exterior colors"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"bought new, gas mileage is up near 26mpg, very smooth/quiet ride, responsive handling in stop/go traffic. does excellent in snow/ice (even with only FWD). Seat/steering wheel easily adapt to short wife (5 ft) to tall hubby (6-5). back seat large enough to accommodate regular-sized adults in comfort. Maneuvers very well for mini-SUV. SNYC takes time to get used to."
5 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Crazy Technology!

By  (CA) on Tuesday, July 23, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 30,000
overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Amazing Technology"
Cons: "Software updates sometimes take awhile to get"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"Ford Edge 2011 has crazy good technology - you will NOT find anything like it in any other vehicle on the market (besides another Ford) - NOT even a mercedes, bmw, or Rolls Royce! The voice commands and computer interface monitor cannot be beat. It's very comfortable to drive, looks great - stranger always want to know what type of vehicle it is. It's bar none the best crossover on the market. Now for the cons....sometimes a software update is needed for the technology, which can make it frustrating when the electronics aren't syncing up for the complete experience. The tires screech a bit from simple turns and, no, it's not from crazy driving, it's simply something to do with how the drive system was set-up. Have to get usedread more 
4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

TERRIBLE fuel mileage

By  (CA) on Thursday, July 18, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,500
overall rating 3 of 10rating details
Pros: "Comfortable, good looking."
Cons: "Don't by the eco boost for the mileage"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"I bought this car for two very important reasons. First, it is made buy an American company. The second most important thing is that I bought the Eco boost because it is supposed to get up to 30 mpg highway. What a joke! This thing is so far from that, it has left me with total regret for purchasing it. I've been calculating it out at every fuel up and the best I have ever gotten is 23 on the highway. DIGUSTING! I can only hope, that after a certain amount of time passes for break in, that it will dramatically improve. If in fact, that this becomes the case I will re-post, and recind my utter distain. If you live in anything remotely close to hilly terrain, DO NOT,! buy the eco boost."
7 people out of 13 found this review helpful
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