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A Late September Afternoon in the Office of the Birches

Sometimes, a squirrel like a thought
agitates through the leaves.
Scrabbling up the papery bark
of a birch tree, almost free.

When I close my eyes,
the cool moss on the rock
against my cheek feels like a memory
I can’t recall—ice cream? peaches?

Sometimes, the wind delivers.
But there are no messages.
A gash of blue quartz
veins a boulder in the clearing,
pulses, fixed.

One characteristic of light: it reaches.
Sometimes, the wind sloughs into readiness,
silent upon the strings of the birches,
and like the deer I raise my head.