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Winter Solstice

early morning wind;

snow blows

through the darkness

onto the garden shed

river birch leans

into a flaky

cloud  of feathers

on the roof

a pigeon nest rocks

twigs and grass

fly by my window

(c) Mary Harrison, 12-21-12


I wake early

to lengthen the days


shrouded in memories—

photos, shells, stones

yesterday’s  triumphs

and failures


the bones

(c) Mary Harrison 12-22-12


morning stillness

a lone robin

invokes spring

“tzeeup, tzeeup”

frost gathers

on the sweet

gum tree

clings to the fruit

glistens on the grass


early face of morning


my spiny soul

(c) Mary Harrison 12-22-12




I celebrate the maple tree

its late fiery brilliance

crimson leaves

birds who stayed

when others followed

the sun and stars

gray squirrels snuggling

in winter nests

spotted rabbits sleeping

in burrows,

mercurial sky

grass damp recent rains

leaves torn by the wind

scattering earth

dogs  walkers  drivers

dashing down Luster

this bright sun room

where I sit

wrapped in velvet

eating toast and

drinking tea

my dog curled up

next to me

the thick richness

of this day

lifted from the bones

of a dewy night

just beginning

(c) Mary Harrison, 11/22/2012

a whisper–

morning frost

pale grass

crickets earthworms spiders

bedding into the ground

green tomatoes

on the windowsill

cutout pumpkins on the porch

candy apples & popcorn

ghosts hanging

(c) Mary Harrison, 2012