i own no pets*

Luther Allen - i own no pets
i own no pets
By Luther Allen
2014 Merit Award

i own no pets
the nearest neighbors are out of sight
it’s just me and the mewing
universe, wagging
its tail, curled up
at the front door

*Copyright 2014 by Luther Allen. Broadside designed and illustrated by Anita K. Boyle, Egress Studio. Illustration by Angela Boyle, Flying Dodo Publications.

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poem: August 17

Lummi sunset 0005 © Luther Allen

frantic
               work at work
               mow the lawn
               cook dinner
               drink wine
               sit in the grass
               watch sunset
               become dark
               drift
               into the
               nonspeed
               of this place
still

*Copyright 2010 by Luther Allen. This poem appears in The View from Lummi Island.

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poem: August 14

August 14

*Copyright 2010 by Luther Allen. This poem appears in The View from Lummi Island.

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poem: August 7*

Great Blue Heron, Blackie Spit Park, Crescent Beach, British Columbia

a neatly-scribed rising
sun     in iridescent phase-change
moving through     electric-
mauve vaporizing clouds

the long languid days     of heat
finally catch up
to the winter chill
remnant in the deep earth

thick banks of recent water
drape over the islands and open sea
as if to suffocate
silhouettes

of herons at dawn
gleaning low tide shoreline
focussed, feeling pressed           by memory
of relentless cold rain                 of dim winter days

                but by afternoon
                all will swelter
                fog burned off
                herons sated
                in the drowse of summer

*Copyright 2010 by Luther Allen. This poem appears in The View from Lummi Island.
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Great Blue Heron Copyright © 2008, Alan D. Wilson

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poem: August 4*

Anna's Hummingbird Copyright © 2007, Elaine R. Wilson

three dead hummers in four days
our cats become expert

they hunt to hunt
not from hunger

our guilt—the luxury
of pets, the death
of free birds

robbing a mate, a nest,
a niche—what will pollinate now?

the big cycle: the wary
will survive, reproduce

the cats will begin to miss
and pad home each night

to be fed.

*Copyright 2010 by Luther Allen. This poem appears in The View from Lummi Island.
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Anna’s Hummingbird photo copyright © 2007, Elaine R. Wilson

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August 1*

raspberries

raspberry
               the color of
               the taste of
               the touch of

that tangy sweet
soft nipple

*Copyright 2010 by Luther Allen. This poem appears in The View from Lummi Island.
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photo

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July 30*

July 30 by Luther Allen

*Copyright 2010 by Luther Allen. This poem appears in The View from Lummi Island.

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