The Abduction of June

THE ABDUCTION OF JUNE by Carolyn Bailey I’ve decided to take the month of June. The rest of you can have July through May, but June is mine. June, when birdsong lilts the air and the weeds pull easily, when wind is a breath and wet grass is warm. You can parcel the...

Mosquitoes

MOSQUITOES by Sandra Fenton When the long fingered shadows curl, Ten thousand hunters in the tall grass Rise nearly in unison— As plentiful as the stars. Their hungry wings’ beating stirs Neither blade nor frond, But the whole field sighs, Giving up legion hearts....

The Benevolence

THE BENEVOLENCE by Christine Swanberg Believe in the benevolence of bees and bergamot beckoning hummingbirds. Hail the tiny ones who sail thousands of treacherous miles to return to us each year. Rely on the wisdom of crows who congregate on catalpa trees for their...

People of the Prairie

PEOPLE OF THE PRAIRIE Chelsea Peterson Young, old, and in-between, timid, clever, or bold, yet always wise, the prairie people cultivate life, collecting, counting, sorting, and spreading seed, planting, watering, and watching, often, pulling and killing, endlessly...

She Dreams

SHE DREAMS By Dorothy Bock In utter quietness she lies out there in the sprawling yard, nestled in the arms of giant fir trees circling her with a family of pin oak, elm, ash and choke cherry that hover on the edges of delicate whispering ferns. Sun flickers over her...
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