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Apr 2017
(NaPoWriMo Challenge: April 5, 2017)

The world
     resolves the core –
          the sky revolves
               its atmospheres

from blue to white
     to watermelon
          to night – coyotes

their sleep, dreaming
     of bobcats
               on rabbits –

the sabi of the tree
     is its deceiving
               and asymmetry,

its crisp-rust
     smell of berry,
          leaves freshly

covering the hidden
     folds of hills
          like country

and cedar pollen
     blowing its dust
          over the dirt carpet
               of the plains –

tears of penance,
     choke of beauty,
          filaments of the lungs
               wheezing in the wind.
Napowrimo 2017: Write a Mary Oliver-esque nature poem...this one was fashioned after Oliver’s “At Black River” and “Beside the Waterfall.” New Mexico juniper: #finger-smooch.
Mary McCray
Written by
Mary McCray
   Mack, --- and Lydia XIII
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