Author Archives: saaribampo

A pig is not a fence

A pig is not a fence. The pig is in the fence. This is one way to learn Spanish: looking at a pig in a fence. I say cerdo. I mean cerco. This causes mirth amongst the Spanish speakers in … Continue reading

Posted in The Occasional Poem

On a Sunday

On a Sunday in mid-May, I went to the weekly organ recital at Westminster Abbey in London. On a Sunday three weeks later, I went to hear a trio on fiddle, drums, and guitar play Nordic, Celtic, and Old-time music … Continue reading

Posted in West Saari Road

Flag Day, June 14, 2019

Posted in West Saari Road

Gait

Bones, tendons, ligaments, nerves, heart, blood, the gauzy envelope of skin, cerebellum, signals firing along the rail line of the spine—just some of the exquisite processes working in harmony that allow me to get out of bed in the morning … Continue reading

Posted in Five Hundred Words or Less

Birding the Apocalypse In and Around Villa Juárez, Sonora

Day One, March 5, 2019 We left Alamos at 9 a.m. on our adventure to the Sea of Cortez estuaries, isolated igneous hills, towns, villages, and the raped coastal plain of Sonora. We stopped in Navojoa to shop for a … Continue reading

Posted in Mexico

Fotos ocasionales de México

A public health announcement on the wall of a clinic in the village of Copala, Sinaloa, February 26,2019. The messages: “Social network – Prevent maternal death.” “The uterus gives life and is fragile like a rose. Get your PAP smear!” … Continue reading

Posted in Mexico

Cabañuelas

“The sky throughout history has been variously filled by the promptings of the imagination, whether with gods and prophecies and the rhythms of the zodiac, or with the first faint stirring of scientific thought.” —Richard Hamblyn, The Invention of Clouds … Continue reading

Posted in Mexico