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NEARING SUMMER SOLSTICE

Fallen azalea blossoms give way to roses 
Upright , tender and urgent: in dazzling ornament
they sway, content.

There is a birthing of new trees.

The land expands in summer rain and sun
Intricate shadows grace the woodland path
Light is early and long.

I watch
The heron's morning predatory walk
At the water's edge, note the dip and catch.
This bird, they say,
Aligns the fishes tail to tail
Making a sun wheel-
I praise my fellow denizen of this universe
so alien yet so close
And ask, who, under the sun,
am I?

© Asphodel P. Long 2002

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