Quid pro mow
by Tim Pilgrim
Optical conclusion — lawn needs
a trim, except the mounds of brown
folded in grass by sheared stalks
of columbine, camas, current, rose.
Near tulips, also sampled,
ripped, nibbled, stripped. A doe,
in tall grass — beside, twin fawns,
asleep, spots still damp. My bad,
sad, push clanky antique,
go slow, give wide berth —
passive-aggressive mow, brief,
discreet. At first blade whirr,
she bolts, wobbly fawns in gangly tow.
Gleeful regret slices me.
Timothy Pilgrim, emeritus associate professor of journalism at Western Washington University, is the author of “Seduced by metaphor: Timothy Pilgrim collected published poems” (Cairn Shadow Press, 2021). His work can be found at timothypilgrim.org.
The Sounds of Silence, 50 Years On
by Keith M. Moore
Where is here?
The device is common
People talking, no one’s there
A peal of laughter
In an empty room
When is now?
The device is common
Captures eyes and ears
Sunrise is sunset
Time is relative
A heartbeat, clock face, the stars
Once we stopped time
With the written word
In parallel spaces
Keith M. Moore is an applied social scientist who specialized in technology transfer for agriculture and natural resource management in developing countries. He retired to Bellingham seven years ago.
“When power leads man toward arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the area of man’s concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses.” — John F. Kennedy
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