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in his gentlest voice, reminding them about change, about fallow fields and the quiet everything needs to grow stronger at facing life and death, uncertainty, joy, obstruction. This one, hanging straight from its branch over Oregon Creek, is listening. He mentions the way opposing twists will hold each other longer and how knots keep children's feet from slipping. Three-ply, four, hemp or nylon, it doesn't matter. The creek sparkles on. Woodsmoke dilutes the sky's clear blue. A madrone leaf slowly spins downstream, oblivious and holy.
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Molly Fisk’s books include The More Difficult Beauty (Hip Pocket Press, 2010).