Sunday, June 11, 2017

earth note 488

revisiting spider lake, itasca county minnesota

so i should start by saying
i never really made it to the water
on my 'revisit'
because maybe it's impossible
to wash the years away so easily
     the herons are still aloft
     but in many new generations
and anyway everything else
in the world has
so reconciling the new
unreality with what came before
is fundamentally
lying to yourself

but i took in everything i could
in as close
a proximity
as my old and new imagination
would permit
chewing on white birch bark
until my teeth began squeaking
being patient
letting the sky clear
& the whitecaps speak for themselves

--- e b bortz

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