Aug. 4th, 2017

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This poem came out of the July 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It also fill the "change" square in my 7-31-17 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo Fest.


"The Four Gates"


There are four gates
that people pass through
on life's journey --

birth,
the beginning of the quest
and the introduction to family;

puberty,
the transition from childhood to adulthood
and the awakening of desire;

marriage,
the shift from "I" to "we"
and nest of the next generation;

death,
the end of the quest
and the return to Spirit from whence we came;

and all of these passages
we undertake together
in love and fellowship

except for the last.

* * *

Notes:

Rites of passage mark the major transitions of life.  Most cultures have some way of observing birth, puberty, marriage, and death.

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Today is gorgeous: partly cloudy and quite cool, with a brisk breeze, almost autumnal.  :D  I went outside and picked up a bucket of sticks around the old raspberry patch. 

EDIT 8/4/17: I went out and trimmed weeds around the firepit, the Goddess Garden, and the barrel garden.  \o/
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Yesterday I spied a bag of fresh lychees in Wal-Mart and grabbed them.  I love the canned kind they have in Chinese buffets. 

Fresh lychees come enclosed in a hard, bumpy shell that you have to peel off.  It wasn't hard to break through, but it chipped like eggshell.  Eventually I figured out the fastest way to get the fruit out was to chip away the bottom half and then shuck off the rest in one piece.  They're very juicy, enough to make puddles, and I had to wash my hands after peeling them and again after eating them.  The flesh is thick and white around a large dark pit.  Fortunately they are also freestone fruits.

The flavor is delicious!  It's very much like canned lychee, but more complex: tropical, fruity, floral, and a little musky.  I really enjoyed these.  They're kind of a chore to peel, but they taste really good.  I might buy them again.  They would probably work great in a tropical fruit salad.

I bet Turq loves these things.

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