Mile-a-minute

Figure with Mile-a-minute, August 22, 2019

I fought with the Mile-a-minute growing on the edge of the field. I hopelessly chopped at it with the trimmer. The Stiltgrass is swallowing my friends. The jewelweed can help me, can help us all, so long as we eat more deer and plant more natives, and stop building houses, and stop being so numerous.

Longing

Meadow, March 16, 2019

Meadow, March 16, 2019

mythological creation story.
longing. waiting.
find.
shape in a mirror.
abandon.
resurrect a dispassionate scene.
long wish wait.

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In the valley below
sun.
A distant ridge
casts a shadow.

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Sometime soon, if we get to it, we will mow the meadow. That’s how a meadow stays a meadow in here. The black cap raspberry, tulip tree, and box elder would rather it otherwise. Instead, they meet the cutting blade, put down deeper roots, send up a new stem, and greet the spring. They greet the spring no matter what. Do they long for anything? Do they wish? Do they await the death of the cutting blade so they can arise?