Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Red Spear on Elf's Ear Creek

Blessed are you, summer red leaf
Gratitude should be granted
Thanksgivings should be hummed
To the red spear of sumac
Floating in the forest green stream
For you expose the lie of summer

A court of Mosquitoes, Poison Oak
Prickers, Ferns, Marsh Clover
All flourishing, stand
Guard over your early passing
And they cry and moan

Blessed are you, summer red leaf
In you I see the rolling pitch
Endless churning, thump and thunder
Of grinding season on grinding season
This tumbling death of all in all
Blessed are you, poor red leaf
Red spear in passing emerald splendor

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