Poetry

Summer 2020

Photo by Sue Hylen

Ode to Madrona

Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend, WA 2019
by Nancy Taylor

You stand alone with eight straight trunks
each in the cross-hairs of the sun,
as though those parts signed a non-compete clause.

You rise proud, king of the knoll,
unlike your kinfolk with their curved,
achy spines. No chiropractor bills for you.

You are memorable, Fort Warden’s finest.
Women envy your poreless bark
that peels to restore.

Your leaves do not fleet but color yellower this year.
So conserve your fluids, flower less,
dig roots deeper than my neighbor’s well.

Nancy Taylor is a retired nurse practitioner who has dabbled in poetry for the past decade.  Her interests are gardening, walking through forests and petting her two fluffy, mostly white Havanese dogs.  She loves dogs so much she wrote a poetry book, Can We Keep Him, to benefit Kitsap Animal Rescue & Education (KARE).  

Table of Contents, Issue #8, Summer 2020

Bigleaf Maple

Bigleaf Maple

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Hardwood & Winter Leaves

Hardwood & Winter Leaves

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Red Alder

Red Alder

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Factories Underfoot

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In the Company of Alders

In the Company of Alders

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The Pacific Madrone

The Pacific Madrone

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