Foster Tale

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noun: chaos; plural noun: chaoses
complete disorder and confusion.
“snow caused chaos in the region “synonyms:
disorder, disarray, disorganization, confusion, mayhem, bedlam, pandemonium, madness, havoc, turmoil, tumult, commotion, disruption, upheaval, furor, frenzy, uproar, hue and cry, babel, hurly-burly; Morea maelstrom, a muddle, a mess, a shambles, a mare’s nest;
anarchy, entropy, lawlessness;
informal hullabaloo, all hell broken loose, a madhouse;
informal an omnishambles, a car crash;
informal a three-ring circus
“there was complete chaos when she entered the classroom”
order, orderliness
behavior so unpredictable as to appear random, owing to great sensitivity to small changes in conditions.
the formless matter supposed to have existed before the creation of the universe.

Some rain, and hills to climb, new ways to find, places to hide, the pain.


“Carol of a Father”

by Samuel Hazo

He runs ahead to ford a flood of leaves – 
he suddenly a forager and I
the lagging child content to stay behind
and watch the gold upheavals at the curb
submerge his surging ankles and subside.
A word could leash him back or make him turn
and ask me with his eyes if he should stop.
One word, and he would be a son again
and I a father sentenced to correct
a boy’s caprice to shuffle in the drifts.
Ignoring fatherhood, I look away
and let him roam in his Octobering
to mint the memory of those few falls
when a boy can wade the quiet avenues
alone, and the sound of leaves solves everything.


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