Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Thing 2

I turned the plant around because the sun hits it at an angle, and I don't want the little plants to get too bent over.


the dragon sleeps
a single digit types
these words

Tuesday, March 28, 2017


Off in a few minutes to deliver Meals on Wheels, something that the Speaker of the House wants to terminate. Those old people are moving pretty slow, they can't see too well, and they aren't very strong, but Paul Ryan is sure they can get their own food without any help whatsoever. That's how he was raised: no help from the government whatsoever. Or at least, that's probably what he tells himself every night when he goes to bed. The reality was quite different.


rain gusts hard
against the window
cat under the couch

Monday, March 27, 2017

Evolution lecture in Tuscaloosa

Casey Dunn, on the importance of poorly known taxa. Thursday night, University of Alabama, North Lawn Hall, 7:30 PM, free and open to the public.

This is part of ALLELE, the University of Alabama's long-running series of lectures by internationally acclaimed scientists on all different aspects of evolution. Many of these lectures are available on iTunes U, and parts of some of them appear in the new video series Speaking Evolution


The devourer of toes

shoes won’t stop it
boots won’t slow it down
you shouldn’t have
uttered the invocation
voiced the incantation
without protection
circle of fungus
ring of sludge
whatever it takes
you eschewed it
now it chews you

don’t compound the error
by calling its sibling to rein it in
don’t summon
the biter of ankles

Sunday, March 26, 2017


Division Day: A Protist Reflects On Parenthood

Parents who will never see their children,
children who never knew their parents,
but it's a joy,
to bring new life into the world.

Some leave messages,
but, as our children are ourselves,
the medium is the message,
and every time they look in the mirror,
my daughters will see my face