Poetry Corner (November 4, 2015)

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Students from Jane Thielsen’s writing 242 Poetry class submitted their works to The Broadside for publication.

Juniperus

https://www.midoregon.com/accounts/student.shtml

By Mary Nelson

Fenced in with dry sage and bitterbrush,

An ancient Juniper stands guard

Over rocks and dust –

Juniperus…its name sounds more like a Greek warrior

Than this twisted beast of a tree;

Gnarled prickly branches splay outward

Fingering the cobalt blue sky,

While clusters of tiny birds flit about

Pecking at the dusty blue berries…

I envision the ancient tree at night,

A sliver of a moon perched over one shoulder

And a sky-full of stars overhead;

Perhaps a coyote pauses beneath it to listen,

Head cocked slightly,

For the soft sound of a mouse scurrying

Through the dust at its feet;

Juniperus – silent guardian of rocks and time –

In the century of years you’ve watched

What beauty have you witnessed?

Laundry Room

By Isabelle Williams

Peanut butter

Mouse, Dead.

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