Author Archives: Peter Notehelfer

About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!

On Temptation

The bluish light of day’s dawning reveals a wild rabbit munching clover in the backyard Her white pelt suggests an escape from domestication or perhaps simply a just liberation A few feet away stand carrot rows El Dorado for Buggs … Continue reading

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Deportee’s Lament

I was working picking your apples from high up your ladder in your vast orchard of endless trees If not picking I drove your sprayer wearing your protective suit & your gas`mask down endless rows If not spraying I pruned … Continue reading

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Love Eclipsed

Just sitting here awaiting the eclipse as America considers raising its eyes to the sun to see the moon pass in front of the light to reveal the dark Isn’t it ironic how blind we already are to the shadows … Continue reading

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On Water

In August even the weeds are dying in the yard Our Island is surrounded by the sea yet water to nurture earth is still scarce Like islands the garden boxes shine emerald green in a sea of brown stubble the … Continue reading

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Ultra`Sound

Lying bare`chested on my back on a gurney in a small room in Imagery a technician squeezes gel onto my warm belly I stare at the ceiling covered with snap`shots of Hawaiian beach scenes surf`boards & outriggers old turtles & … Continue reading

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The Old Watch

Once we told the time by hands on the clock big hand & little hand in the tiny circle seconds The days on our calendars full of appointments in hourly increments business lunches prospects The watch would wind itself so … Continue reading

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Tomato`Time

The spring garden has all gone to seed the garden boxes where row`on`row of potatoes greened and blossomed where peas climbed up the tall trellises And the cauliflower sheltered their heads with elephant`ear leaves beside the bolted spinach beside the … Continue reading

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Old Friends

He has his truth and I have mine Here we’ve come to our conclusions We no longer talk of right or wrong Agreeing that talk is not productive Simply up`sets us wounds the peace Started with religion moved on to … Continue reading

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Summer`Drift

A solitary monarch butterfly landed on the tip of my rod a frequent perch in summer for the lacy blue dragonflies frequenting the coulee`basin where the river stacks up on a dam the deep water churning in giant whirlpools bending … Continue reading

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This Umber`World

The world some say goes grayer by the day I must say more umber The brown of hills once green now so dry once trees now stumps Where once a horizon drew a fine line between earth & sky all’s … Continue reading

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Rain`Dance

Like primitives we pray for rains not for the greening of the crops but for cleansing the skies of acrid smoke The lungs ache from the weight of scorched forests even as hearts ache for the creatures being cremated Driven … Continue reading

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Fishing in Fire

The sun hangs a red ball in the early August sky filtered through wood ash It’s just one shade paler than the bloody moon filled the sky last night A breath’s hard to catch out on stagnant water tastes of … Continue reading

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