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The Brief Life and Tragic Death of Starling Witt

Monique found a fledgling Sunday, hopping at the bottom of the basement stairs behind her shop. Monique is the poet, artist, Standing Rock veteran, and all-around bad-ass Latinx dynamo behind The Skullery Maid, a vintage furniture and clothing shop on … Continue reading

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A Peach of A Hand

“Solomon in all his Glory was not arrayed as one of these.” A world of possibilities pulsates beneath the skin of the sun-ripened peach. A soft fuzz covers the surface of the skin—a fact itself hinting at this fruit’s separation … Continue reading

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The Maple Tree in My Backyard

  The maple tree in my backyard Is stately, sturdy, strong With a Crown that grazes Heaven And roots deep in the ground. The maple tree in my backyard In Springtime bursts out a billion buds In hues of green … Continue reading

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Learning to Fly

  All your life/You were only waiting for this moment to arrive   A lone Agelaius phoeniceus lurked on a scraggly limb overlooking a field of withered yellow grass. His feathery coat shimmered ebony. He could have been a ninja. … Continue reading

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Chatterings

     It was a lazy Midwestern July afternoon. The heat had not yet become oppressive. I had recently refilled the bird-feeder, so daring warblers came to sample the seed despite my own presence on the patio.      There is a … Continue reading

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The Bird Lady of Baxter Springs

Sometimes, when I have mentioned I come from Virginia, the person I’m addressing insists on relocating me to West Virginia. I blame John Denver. Apparently hoards of people have attended American public schools without ever learning that there are two … Continue reading

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For the Birds

I replaced my birdfeeder yesterday.   The old one had broken. It was to be expected. I have had it several years (I want to say 4 or 5) and it was made of plastic. A retractable metal dowel which … Continue reading

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