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Bedrock Mortar


old pants hang from nail in wall


these days are full

even while they are being emptied


this seclusion from people

becomes inclusion of everything

seen, unseen and remembered


I watch variations of sunlight

into night

and the alterations of my moods: joy

grief, encouragement, doubt, eagerness, love,

death, worry, resolve


Ponderosa pine, oak, cedar

madrone, manzanita


racoons, bees, squirrels, mice


deer.  Many deer

so tame they feed at the door, 

lie on ground and rest


you walk right by them.


A sweet variety of birds.

Blue jays, robin, an Oregon bird, quail

to name a few.


When it rains deer cluster

under a bush for protection

eyeball the area

and poke their ears up

wider and wider

because it seems the rain makes it difficult

to hear people approaching



21 Feb 1982



[Originally published in NHS 2012, http://www.poetspath.com/napalm/nhs12/.]