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Category: Vermont

afterward

afterward

it can become a self-fulfilling prophecy, she said
I know, I said, it’s something I need to work on
I was sitting by the little radio set in the bunker
sending out our ID every few minutes
to see whether anyone would respond
we hadn’t heard from anyone in days
we weren’t sure what it looked like outside
whether the heat from the blasts
had left a blank slate above us
CQ, CQ, this is Vermont, I said again, waited
just a faint crackling in the speakers
as likely to be electrical interference as anything
maybe we should let go, she said, accept it
I’m not ready yet, I said, not yet
CQ, CQ, this is Vermont
CQ, CQ, this is Vermont

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28 May 2021
Greensboro Bend VT

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haiku: 23 May 2021

rain lashes the lake
which takes the storm in its stride
a lesson in spring

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23 May 2021
Greensboro Bend VT

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haiku: 22 May 2021

on my second day
a bobcat darted across
my path: a good sign

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22 May 2021
Caspian Lake
Greensboro VT

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haiku: 21 May 2021

all I want to do
is talk to you beside a
small lake in Vermont

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21 May 2021
Greensboro VT

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haiku: 18 May 2021

dogs race on the beach
a boy holds his net, looks up
at his dad and smiles

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18 May 2021
Caspian Lake
Greensboro VT

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haiku: 16 May 2021

gold in the sunlight
bees buzz around the flowers
everything’s in bloom

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16 May 2021
Greensboro Bend VT

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POEM: West Danville, VT

West Danville, VT

it’s slightly too windy to be pleasant
but people are here anyway
a man fishes along the bank of the pond
a woman, underdressed for the gusts
sits a few paces behind him, encouraging
at the other end of the pond: two cyclists
not an inch of Spandex between them
straggly gray hair barely
corralled by tenuous ball caps
unbuttoned brown shirts blowing in the wind
an older couple eats lunch at
the only other occupied picnic table
locals, apparently, because a passing car
honks at them & they wave
a single duck takes to the air

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14 May 2021
West Danville, VT

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haiku: 13 May 2021

I joined the co-op
made a haircut appointment
spring: I’m settling in

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13 May 2021
Hardwick VT

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haiku: 12 May 2021

a slow morning walk
found my shovel in a post
all hail the new king

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12 May 2021
Greensboro Bend VT

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POEM: fire pit

fire pit

the gasoline pools in the fire pit
like dry ice in a monster movie
it calls for the match

it doesn’t always work the first time
the body needs to learn
how to open its gates

monk, poet, “conscious hermit”
I am all and none of these
face lit by a burning bridge

if a truth of so many years
can be unwritten with a cup of tea
then what else is malleable?

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11 May 2021
Greensboro Bend VT

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