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Writers’ Weir: ‘Intrusions’

A poem by Richard Stokes.

The trail ascends from the beach

into the forest as a carpet of cones,

thimble-size hemlock and thumb-size spruce.

Above the hush of my footfalls,

a breeze sighs in the tree tops.

I come to a man-made bridge

of squared lumber, two-byes and four-byes,

all parallel and perpendicular.

The copper-arsenic green of the lumber

blinks like neon against the muted browns

of winter and the deep green of mosses.

I am reminded that I’m just passing through.

Richard Stokes

The Capital City Weekly, which runs in the Juneau Empire’s Thursday editions, accepts submissions of poetry, fiction and nonfiction for Writers’ Weir. To submit a piece for consideration, email us at editor@juneauempire.com.

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