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Poem for a State Forest


after the idea of mountains

a distinction however

the pines

however we clap & fall asleep

in the meantime

a 747        we are sure

dislocates the shoulder

of that cloud

I dream a power plant

I plant a flower

it takes forever

I am alarmed by your basic life skills

& then fine

later we tried

many things

some helped

a green toyota

makes us happy

the overlook

and cedar stairs

momentary windowpane

I held you full

of suddenly you spoke

strange     no one told us

how our voices

would reach west


and come back

mostly unscathed

Michael Gregory