Journalism in Verse – EST. 2016

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Late Winter Dawn

in Economy/Health by

tent cluster under bare trees by the freeway

tent hamlet wreathed by an entrance ramp

gulls’ silhouettes hover-swarm
      the dumpsters on a market’s back lot

newsprint and brown paper bags layered
      into a damp bed by the trail

frost like a holiday’s glitter still
      on the skins of cars

                                          and I’m warm
in the wool of my coat

                                         and already
the purple crocuses
                                     the purple hellebore

a mama raccoon leads three plump young
      across the street

                                    I am alright
in my scarf and hat
                                      this isn’t Syria

 

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Jed Myers is author of Watching the Perseids (Sacramento Poetry Center), The Marriage of Space and Time (MoonPath Press), and four chapbooks. Recent poems appear in Rattle, Poetry Northwest, The American Journal of Poetry, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Ruminate, and elsewhere. He edits poetry for Bracken.

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