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The Prunings

In the spring we burn the prunings from the old cherry trees the rich smoldering smoke sweet in the April breeze as the cherries of June now in bloom Every season has a favorite fragrance winter’s scent snow`falling summer’s scent … Continue reading

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Rocky Point

The wind has just caught the stern of the boat hard waves wash over it til now it’s swamped my kit is afloat so I bail She asks Will it still run? Run `round the point There’s a quiet bay … Continue reading

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The Coyote

The coyote no longer races along the fence`line in fields of winter`wheat the doe & her fawns have abandoned the hill`sides The ospreys have all forsaken circling over the river in quest for today’s feast and the golden`eagles have surrendered … Continue reading

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Gone Fishing

Once again the siren song of the fisher`man calls across the pass from the big river come my friend wet your keel Cast your line into deep waters cold as snow`melt where wild steelhead still run in currents carving the … Continue reading

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Fading Glory

Already the daffodil begins to fade yesterday stout in splendor bright too soon gone brown and today we tout these tulips’ lips so scandalous blood`red so bred `til irises raise heads of sappy beards to capture the eye of tomorrow’s … Continue reading

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The Spring Garden

The spring garden lies buried in the soil where last autumn roots spread winter`bound `til tender broken `til tender broken and gentle sifted with rich remnants of history of animal & vegetable `til careful planted `til careful planted with the … Continue reading

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Gift of Peace

In the spring the doves return paired by their pairs singing antiphonal prayers their cooing wooing hearts hardened by the wars Or how else did Noah’s dove find her way home but by her lover’s haunted` tune borne on wind … Continue reading

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On Anticipation

Anticipation better part of life seeds deeply planted in earth’s warm womb while we wait watch for first swellings of her belly Gestation better part of love passions surrendered to love beyond the self graceful pro`creation in the imitation of … Continue reading

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Spring

This the season hidden things emerge from life’s hidden places Love from the cold hearts Dexterity from old hands Mercy from out anger Peace from war Graces bloom in places all forgotten amid our winter miseries as human juices again … Continue reading

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Almost

The words we almost said hang petals in the air neither the winter rime nor the summer fruit how I do regret our silence The trees while still bare are beginning to leaf the view of the Island through their … Continue reading

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A Tulip Tale

Slowly tho steadily the forgotten bulb pushes her slender leaf up thru the rock`hard soil softened by winter rain undaunted by time `til steadily slowly and silently the red tulip opens again her bountiful bowl to track the rays of … Continue reading

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April Reveille

Along the branch of the old cherry tree all the buds are lined up in the tight formation of salutary`soldiers standing in the rain awaiting the bugle call the hoisting of the colors up the squad flag`pole for the April … Continue reading

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