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
Recorded video
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.



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