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Doug Anderson: South of Laramie

The cardinal red twig dogwood in bright snow.
The mountain.
This is knowledge that requires
no interpretation. 
And especially does not demand
that I speak. Unless, like the man 
who named the first bird,
a blue star aloft and singing,
made a sound: pajaro. Ouiseau. Chim.
Because he could not help himself.
And that is the way with love.
Speak only when you cannot help it.
However strange and vibrant the sound.


Copyright 2019 Doug Anderson

South of Laramie (photo by Doug Anderson)

2 comments on “Doug Anderson: South of Laramie

  1. jfrobb
    December 17, 2019

    Like many of Doug Anderson’s poems, South of Laramie holds that twist of quiet surprise when I forget to breathe for just a moment. For me, the mark of a lovely poem.

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