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I sit and watch. 

Changes come so slowly. 
So, vigilance is required,
an attentiveness to minutia.
There are layers of wardings 
erected        between
the watch 	and I. 

Thoughts, which flit and skitter
fight for outward movement.
Flesh that is too weak to hold attention,
leans toward the walls of cracks; 
where even the plaster pulls 
from its sheaf 
and the dirty 
double paned glass 
waylays the eye. 

Enthralled by the changes:
rain to sleet, to snow, to hail, to rain,
the maple buds leaving 
their pointillist, rouge-lacquered shells,
dropping like the wings 
of an emergent butterfly; I root.

Nights of storm-slapped branches 
unfurl orchestrated by wind –
How the maple now dangles leaves like earrings
from the tips of the smallest twigs. 
Tomorrow they will open 
to palm the morning breeze 
and welcome the spears of Lilly of the Valley,
as they emerge overnight beneath the mother tree. 

The deer have eaten the tender,
green, tongue-rolled, delights of Hosta  and Day Lily,
but they are stalwart plants and will return.
I’ve watched and watched but not seen the deer
though I have seen their bedding spots
among the mulch beneath the maple 
in the winter and their hoof 
prints in the snow. 

Today, I will watch 
temperatures are rising 
and soon there will be

lilacs.



First Published in Latchkey Tales 2014

Copyright © | Year Posted 2015




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Date: 7/19/2015 8:38:00 PM
Ah, Deb. Reading you is like being teleported to a totally different setting, immersed in the moment. Your "attentiveness to minutiae" from things around the narrator's vantage point to all the changes brought by the season, weather and hour and their nuances is something one aspires for. Inspired once again, Kim.
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Date: 7/12/2015 1:57:00 PM
Congrats on the publishing and congrats on the writing of such a great poem. A truly exceptional Nature poem! A7..
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Date: 7/8/2015 3:47:00 PM
Oh this is so classical, Shades of Wordsworth himself, and indeed My favourite W.D Davies. Debbie this is truly inspiring, a wonderful poem...
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Debbie Guzzi
Date: 7/8/2015 3:53:00 PM
Thanks so much Harry! really I was raised on Wordsworth!
Date: 7/7/2015 10:05:00 PM
Fine description of nature and her ways. Peace & Love Matthew Anish
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