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Before the Bud

The wind is crisp when clouds cover the 
sun, what passes for warm when clouds 

Great oak trees, maple and elm, in full
bare-branched display, before the bud.

Red norway pine, just outside my window, 
enrobed in rich, cinnamon bark,
still smiles with long green needles, 
bristling with resin-dipped cones.

A great fascination I pursue, binoculars in 
tow, discovering many-generational 
squirrel nests, high in the trees; twigs, 
paper refuse, any and all acquired detritus,  
salvaged to create beautiful sanctuaries, to 
call home-


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  1. Date: 5/21/2015 1:33:00 AM
    Have you ever seen Kentucky squirrels? They are huge and flying squirrels in upstate NY! You may creat your own sanctuary to encompass their sanctuaries! Jill

  1. Date: 7/26/2014 10:44:00 AM
    you are quite a nature lover. I really enjoyed how you developed this one to include your watching the way the squirrel nests and feeling envious. All nature was wired for this, being clever in what they do. What happened to us humans? hahaha. the title of this was so cute too.

  1. Date: 6/2/2014 7:03:00 AM

  1. Date: 5/10/2014 3:57:00 AM
    Awesome one! I could see it all with your detailed account. I'd be envious too, I'm sure. Especially that third stanza. What a perfect sight you have helped us see in our mind's eye. Love this. Always, Laura

  1. Date: 5/7/2014 8:36:00 PM
    JAMES.. this is wonderful poetry.. I will be reading more.. I hope you hurry back to soup.. I ant to rad everything you write. hugs Brooke

  1. Date: 5/5/2014 3:32:00 PM
    great write James,envious too

  1. Date: 4/27/2014 8:01:00 AM
    beautiful imagery I really enjoyed this write. hugs Jan x