The Hollow (12)

a self-closing gate
among 200-year-old oaks

its rusty note


smothered in leaf duff
the violet’s self-fertilized
alter ego


ah to be
both dapper and invisible

striped wintergreen


ignored by
a pileated woodpecker

the dust from her drill

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