Compare and Contrast: A Children’s Exercise

One James Calendar Irvine Moore
was born to a horsebreeding family
in Lexington, Kentucky, July of 1840.
His christening honored his forefathers.
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Why the Crow Sits in the Cold, Cold Tree

Vaani the vole who pokes her nose through snow knows
Why, while wriggling her toes for the wakening spring.
Torin the trout who peeks from the cat-tailed creek knows
Why, and anticipates a date with his speckled mate.
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Mother Tongue

Two eyes, one mouth
Two ears, one mouth
Two feet, one mouth
Two hands, one mouth

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The Act of Graduation

Ron Buehler stands before me,
vested, hatted, mustachioed.
He’s pushing 50 and so am I.
We are both completely civil.

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Tomorrow’s Garden

Do not deadhead evil flowers
    nor pinch their potent buds
for wrong is ne’er so strong they say
    as when new growth is stressed.
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The Dreams We Sleep

I sit by a gentle smoldering fire
in the glow of morning Methow sun
which has finally scaled the crest
of Silver Star’s hunched shoulder—

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Dialetheia

Only two types
of people exist:

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Parenthetical

that literary construct designed to clarify otherwise shoddy prose by sandwiching morphemes between em-dashes, commas, or pairs of actual eponymous parentheses Continue reading

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Cutthroat Alternatives

I.

Leaving my air-
conditioned digs
I drove half an hour
hiked a quarter mile
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Killing Time

They of course caught Bulova red-handed.
He had more hands than one, naturally,
but it was the bloody one that mattered—
the third hand, the one entitled second,

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