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  • Writer's pictureJean Linville

spaces between

Updated: Jan 14, 2021

January 5 - January 9 Week 52/72

long draws of the train whistle

travel up through the valley over

hillsides covered in faint outlines of trees

carrying a cargo of memories

childhood counting games

from my grandparent's front porch

thick ice and liquid water

where messages from torpid trout

carp and pond turtles buried

deep in a shoe-sucking muck

rise in bubbles flattening themselves

against smooth, cold surface just

beneath the bellies of two mute swans

an inhale and exhale

life and death as a large

red-tailed hawk sits high above

watchful and waiting for

the slightest movement, beware

darling little mourning dove

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