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Wildfire Moon (Summer, L.A. 2016) – Carol Muske-Davis

for Bill Handley

Pale ash falls from
the sky. On the lanai,
a child finger-paints

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Voices Over Water – W.S. Merwin

There are spirits that come back to us
when we have grown into another age
we recognize them just as they leave us

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Easterly – Jeff Coughter 

I’ll be skipping Mass again this Easter
in favor of sitting at the end of this dock
watching dawn break into the mouth of the Rappahannock.
If the breeze is blowing the way it is today, the boat bumper

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