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Posts from — September 2011


Roots emerge from earth
Encircling the tree’s trunk, then
Slowly strangle her.

September 21, 2011   1 Comment

Picking Apples at Sunrise

© 2011 Rebecca Alm

September 13, 2011   Comments Off on Picking Apples at Sunrise


His face a graveyard
Covered with weeds and wild vines
Where a mole dog lives.

September 9, 2011   Comments Off on 361

Biting Off More Than You Can Chew

Jürgen Klinsmann’s football philosophy is meeting a severe test with the United States national team. There is a fatal flaw in his player pool he doesn’t seem to grasp. Klinsmann does not have enough players of international calibre to manage a match against solid opponents. They cannot both attack and defend in a seamless manner. I wonder how he will sort this out. His predecessors opted for a more conservative approach—to desperately defend and then counterattack with speed and purpose. This is not Klinsmann’s way. He believes in his own version of “total” football, but he doesn’t have the players to implement his vision. They are fun to watch, but will always lose to superior teams—and the fact is that most teams are superior to the United States and will continue to be for the foreseeable future. For the sake of United States soccer, I hope he succeeds, but the challenge is more difficult than he could possibly have imagined.

September 7, 2011   Comments Off on Biting Off More Than You Can Chew


Humid summer rain
Driven by cool northwest winds
Stuck on the window.

September 6, 2011   Comments Off on 360