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  • Writer's pictureJean Linville

letting go

Updated: Dec 1, 2020


November 17 - November 21 Week 42 /72


colors are dimming

the bird feeder is dominated by

visitors dressed only in black

white and a full slate of grays

a female cardinal magically dissolves

into a background of tree trunks

except for the reddish-orange wedge

of her beak pointing towards

white turtlehead and swamp milkweed

plants who have loosened their grip

on hundreds of gifts for the spring

lips of the seedpods once plump and full

have dried and split open sending flat

Chelone discs tumbling into the marshy soil

while the seeds of Asclepias steal away

sailing on silky white filaments as

Mercury and Venus play in the sky


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Bethe Hagens
Bethe Hagens
Nov 22, 2020

I think I love every single seventy-second! I saw that female cardinal's beak this weed. The swamp milkweed did not go with the grace yours did. It collapsed about a month or so ago. I may need to get new ones. The white turtlehead never bloomed. I'm not sure why. Have been reading a book by Margaret Roach (A Way to Garden). This is a revision of the original which she wrote 20 years ago. She's now 62. She is surprisingly good at reaching me. I emailed her and, the second time, told her not to worry. I am not a stalker :-) I've gotten a few really good pieces of advice. First, if a plant (or plants) isn't doing…

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