• Jean Linville

movements


May 31 - June 5 Week 9/72


thick, humid air has moved in

weighing down my movements until

I sit as still as the garter snake

basking on last year's leaves


my labors in the garden seem

trivial to those of the turtle

that has emerged from the lake

climbed the steep, steep slope

to search and search

for the perfect nesting spot


and to those of the muskrat parents

swimming back and forth and

back and forth into the dusk

harvesting and carrying

cattails and waterlilies to

four hungry, hungry kits waiting

newly emerged from the nest

full of curiosity and playfulness





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