Tuesday in CinCity. The Home Sweet Home Edition.

Well, MissNewOrleans Grrrrl is unpacked in her new apartment and sent us a pic of the orange tree outside her kitchen window. That seems a good omen to me for a sweet home. 

Live Oaks, New Orleans

by Jennifer Maier

They square off along Napoleon avenue,

opposing armies of dark women, leaning out

so far their branches meet at the top, like hands

grabbing fistfuls of tangled hair;

and some of them are old, with the thick,

scarred trunks of Storyville madams, and

roots so strong their suck heaves

up the sidewalk like so many broken

saltines. And some are young, with the

straightbacked bodies of girls who dream

of horses and the brown arms of the neighbor boys,

but underground the red roots grow together,

fuse in a living circuitry spun deep and

stronger than the whims of emperors, as if

they've known all along that earth's the right

place for love, as though, planted in battle lines,

they incline toward the circle, and hold it open,

vaulted and welcoming.


  1. May I pleased be introduced to your Grrrrl?

    She can come to France, if I can go to Nawlins... I can CouchSurf or ATC or housesit for her when she's traveling on important business.

    Well, I must admit, I already went to the Big Easy twice and would go back in a minute.

    I'm very happy that her new home portends well for you motherly concerns!

    TGIF! Have a good weekend! Was that what U were Haulin'?

  2. New Orleans! What a wonderful start for her. It excites me for her just thinking of having it all ahead of her.....

    This poem really got me. One of the best poems about trees I've ever read and I'm keeping a copy of it, yes I am. Thank you.


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