The Connective Tissue of Segmented Fruits

“I like oranges,” she says, again,
midnight hair thrown back,
amber eyes flashing.
I had heard her, the first time.

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Platinum Anniversary, Belated

How much would you miss a finger
were it not a digit but time:
a century, perhaps, for each—
the handful a millennium?

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Fingers Keepers

I search
for left
hands in
a bin
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Upon the Death of Your Mother

I dreamed last that you came to visit,
that you had something important to tell.
I was busy stocking shelves at the store,
and asked you to wait for a few minutes.

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Warning Signs

The doorway facing me allows a slivered
fractional view of a streetside window.
Through the left lower corner, a sign
across the way warns, No Trespassing.

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Chillblains: Letter to a Nephew

“It’s cold out there, Greg.”
~Iditarod Red Lantern Award Winner Bill Mackey

The mercury read two below zero when I left Twisp.
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A Private’s Judgement

Saltwater sloshes at my puttee-clad boots
as I sway beside my brother, the lieutenant.
His son, nearby, is propped on an elbow,
smoking in a crowded bunk at the sally port.

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Trappings of Antiquity

This place used to be alive. I can feel it.
The walls of the cliffs ascend beyond sight,
and the shadows engulf me as I walk.
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Methow September Memorial, 2020

Descended smoke thick as Beijing smog
Cell phone coverage and landlines out
All ties cut to the world-wide web
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Call to Worship

The water fountain
at All Saints Church
is built for children.
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