The Hollow (2)

train horn

the forest pool’s murky surface
stippled with bubbles


mosquitoes rising
only as high as my knees

still drying their wings


West Nile virus

missing the heart-stopping
flush of a grouse


old charcoal hearth

the last butternut tree’s
mossy corpse

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Dave Bonta (bio) crowd-sources his problems by following his gut, which he shares with 100 trillion of his closest microbial friends — a close-knit, symbiotic community comprising several thousand species of bacteria, fungi, and protozoa. In a similarly collaborative fashion, all of Dave’s writing is available for reuse and creative remix under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License. For attribution in printed material, his name (Dave Bonta) will suffice, but for web use, please link back to the original. Contact him for permission to waive the “share alike” provision (e.g. for use in a conventionally copyrighted work).

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