Tag Archives: animals

Backbone of the sky

A flock of geese arch like a backbone across the December sky.

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Snoozing Izzy

A few nights ago, my wife and I took our beagle-corgie mix named ‘Izzy’ for a walk. The end result was a doggie belly up, dead to the world in her kennel. She is almost 5 years old and has … Continue reading

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Enduring lexicon

Cover the earth with your lexicon of words, scatter them like ink black feathers falling from ravens, carve your message deep in the enduring woods and collect vagrant cones, needles and moss to compose a place of solace apart from … Continue reading

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Snail’s progress

                        Seek out the frail,                    ornate shell of the snail               and see it scoot slowly, … Continue reading

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Confessions from a consumer on grass fires and glass houses

I peer outside.  It’s overcast with a light drizzle of rain.  The sun looks as though it might break free of this gray haze, rays tenuously testing for the smallest of openings.  Smiling, I am happy I mowed the lawn … Continue reading

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Sun down to dawn

Sun      down              down                     down… Colors fade to black and gray      swirling shapes decay                  … Continue reading

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Unhindered, underfoot

I hear the grass growing, inch by inch by inch, it feels like I just cut it, yet it persists. Chickens prance around the yard giving the green carpet a cleaning – slugs, aphids and earthworms bite the dust, one … Continue reading

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Turtle treasure

Miniature metal turtle  with bobbling tail and head, basking on my dashboard, chimes ring around every bend. I found you at an antique store some six years ago and you follow me still everywhere I go. To Helena, Chicago,  Portland … Continue reading

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Java Queens and Pony Dreams

I was inspired to write this poem while I was in a small town called Pony, Montana, which lies at the foot of the Tobacco Root Mountains. I was there as an Americorps volunteer to weatherize houses for the Low … Continue reading

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Last breath

Footsteps       crunch, crunch  through a path                    of leaf mulch rustle, rustle                   squirrels forage for nuts               … Continue reading

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