June 5*


linen white thimbleberry
blossoms in dense scatter

robust and masculine
throbbing cow parsnip

skunk cabbage leaves like hammered
plates of thin green copper

            all seducing, birthing, growing, multiplying
            all springing from death
            all summering toward death
in myriad singular beauty

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

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