A busy month in skyscape world!
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It's the time of year that the rabbit brush is blooming.  As the desert growing season is the opposite of the rest of the country, people who plant gardens are now planting.Over the decade that I've lived here, many have grown in the yard.  There are even three little ones now under the studio window - an area that has always been one of the 'dead zones'. 
It has been in my mind to write something about observations on the change of seasons in human lives.  I have a friend who is in his early 70s and told me 'I love women my age, with their saggy boobs, their saggy butts and their wisdom.'  I also listen to his musings about not wanting to make a long-term plan in life because who knows if he has a long term!  (Actually, his Mom's still around, so I figure he could
count on awhile yet.)

Between the new growth, the contemplation of waning and somewhat mindful of wanting to create a few new poems for the poetry features I have lined up in the next couple months I decided to put the thoughts together and continue to working towards one of the items on my bucket list - writing more Shakesperean sonnets than Shakespeare. 

When the Rabbit Brush blooms

As autumn chills the north, the desert buds.
They harvest there when we begin to sow,
they start to die as we commence to grow.
Rain wets our sand as ice stiffens their muds
to stone. And both places all year
our eyes rain in the planting of a grave
yet smiles of joy welcome the born to save
our family from extinction. Birth's held dear
and death we shun, yet those that once did taste
its sweetness, say that life is bitter toil
and do not from their final breath recoil,
as they find life a game just played in haste.
    Do you see death or release when life's end looms
    And is it fall or spring, when the rabbit brush blooms?

This will be a busy month for me with four shows, a group gallery show and a poetry reading:

Nov 1-2nd:  Toluca Lake/Burbank Media District Fine Art Festival, Toluca Lake, CA
Nov 6th: Poetry Reading, Incredible Artist Design Center, 35688 Cathedral Cyn Dr, Suite 110, Cathedral City, CA (one block north of Perez) 5:30pm-8pm
Nov 8-9th: Art Affaire, Rancho Mirage, CA
Nov 15th: "Art under the Umbrellas", Old Town La Quinta, CA 

Nov 15-Dec 19th: Artist's for Art's Sake Fundraiser Exhibition, Millard Sheets Art Center, Pomona, CA 
Nov 28th-30th: Frances Stevens Park, Palm Springs, CA 


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