Based in Sydney, Australia, Foundry is a blog by Rebecca Thao. Her posts explore modern architecture through photos and quotes by influential architects, engineers, and artists.

At Most, 33 Verses

1: When mornings are warm enough for light jackets

And dew soaks through my sneakers

 

2. We drive the flat road from 911 Georgian Drive  apartment G

Across from the school

 

3: To a different flat road

Across from the corn field

 

4: To fly kites

 

5: Most days are breezy enough

 

6: Pink diamond kite

With a tail twice my height

 

7: Black and blue fighter kite

With a nose full of grass

 

8: A box kite we took out once

But never had the patience for

 

9: Sitting with our legs crossed

In the bed of the Ford Ranger

 

10: Eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches

 

11: I want milk

But drink a Coke instead

 

12: We won’t tell mom about the Coke.

 

13: One morning we drive past the kite field,

So far that road blisters up on itself,

 

14: And that day turns from orange

 

15: to yellow,

 

16: to a squinting glare

that makes the highway bob up and down like the ocean

 

17: back to orange,

 

18: and pink

 

18: Eventually putting itself to bed in the blue

 

19: The hospital is at the bottom of a one-lane road

Running against a sandstone ridge

 

20: There are signs that tell us to watch for falling rock

 

21: No one seems worried

So I hold on for all of us

 

22: There are two autumn days

We sometimes remember

 

23: One when I was born:

90 degrees in mid-October

 

24: One when my grandfather died:

90 degrees at the end of September.

 

25: He falls asleep

In the dull hum and humidity

 

26: When the sweat stops beading around his white-yellow hair

We stand in a half-moon to say goodbye

 

27: No one explains to me what this means

 

28: They wouldn’t after, either

 

29: Endings are the hardest things to name

 

30: That dull hum still washes over us,

Standing in that half-moon formation.

 

31: At Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter,

No signs tell us what to do.

 

32: We talk about the weather

 

33: No one seems worried,

So I hold on for all of us.

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