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Posts Tagged ‘hospice’

Hard to watch her
wan and wasting away
to see her grip slip
Hard to hear
her rattles and wheezes

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Thrumming chorus
Voice of summer swelter
Quiet woods go stereo
Leafing out in decibels
Heat bugs chide
Live! For soon we die.

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Autumn expires when fiery maples shiver
Legions shed in a last hurrah of color
Retreating sun salutes the dizzying descent
Illumines what the weep of beauty meant

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Tilting water world
One red leaf falls to the pond
Startled geese take flight

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Seared by bombs and shootings
Left fewer and bereft, keening in the rubble

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In the beginning, the white-frocked horseman of her apocalypse
Eyes averted, blurts she has pancreatic cancer in store
She rocks, absorbs our reeling shock then, pensive, quips
A curious “Well, I’ve never done cancer before.”

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Woods and feeders
Left and bereft
Of song and flutter

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Dawn’s light bathes the crib
Wide-eyed infant looks and sees
No time for crying

Fluffy baby swans
Only two left of seven
Snapping turtles’ lunch

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Old Bay-embalmed crabs
Bushels to butcherpaper
Fingers feel the burn

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The Hainesville Woods from the interstate
Hide olde deep and dark ways
But I see their truth

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