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Facing the Elements

The trap looks more like a doggie cage
than a device for capturing wild animals.
Yet we got us a raccoon, not bad for a first try.

To explain, we're no bounty hunters.
But he'd burrowed under the house,

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Icarus

…for he did fly,
his wings toward the sky,
matching rhythm and pace
with mallard and goose
on a warm summer day.

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City Library 1935

Barely the size of a mom-and-pop store,
the façade was a stately assertion
that learning  is made of serious stuff,
the scent of importance, reverence, rank,
confirmed by each stamp on the yellow card.

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This Holy Place

The thrust of a leaf through the brown-crusted grass,
a shudder of wind through a sheer mountain pass,
coyotes that howl as the moon skirts the trees,
sharp memories of laurel or pink peonies,
the patter of raindrops on broad fields of corn,

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