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Lauds, Summer: An Antiphon

December 6, 2011 2 comments

by Jeanie Tomasko

It never grows old, this sun rising here
every morning

As much as I ever wanted
anything, listen:

birdsong, a dying language
Practice

its rise and fall, its
loss, familiar

as the body
You can never

get close enough
to the ground to pray

Long blue heron, sunslant
on the underwing

armfuls of butterfly weed
and orange

Holy, holy this morning, here
and gone


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Jeanie Tomasko is the author of Sharp as Want (Little Eagle Press), a poetry/artworks collaboration with Sharon Auberle, and Tricks of Light (Parallel Press). She lives near Madison, Wisconsin and works as a home health nurse in the Madison area. She and her husband, Steve, grow garlic, eat garlic, give away lots of garlic and enjoy the outdoors, venturing out often via foot, ski or a couple paddles and a seaworthy canoe.

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