The Hollow (11)

holloway overhung with ancient trees n Cornwall
This entry is part 11 of 48 in the series The Hollow

 

water standing
in a raccoon footprint

from here
Plummer’s Hollow Run

 

deer fence

a sudden understory
of shrubs and forbs

 

protected from deer
for nearly two decades now
this plot thickens

 

Smilax

they say her thorniness drove a man
wildflowery

The Hollow (12)

holloway overhung with ancient trees n Cornwall
This entry is part 12 of 48 in the series The Hollow

 

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

The Hollow (13)

holloway overhung with ancient trees n Cornwall
This entry is part 13 of 48 in the series The Hollow

 

downy rattlesnake
plantain leaves

always a start

 

still twisted
from its rush to leaf out

lady’s-slipper orchid

 

the blue-headed vireo’s
vireo                     vireo
sounds blue now

 

pale pipes scorched
and straightened by sex

corpse plants

The Hollow (14)

holloway overhung with ancient trees n Cornwall
This entry is part 14 of 48 in the series The Hollow

 

off-trail in the woods
in spiderweb season
walking mindfully

 

a loop of grapevine
rising from the horsebalm patch
the scent of lemons

 

fall warbler

I pish as if fluent
in bird mysteries

 

all its offspring
on the other side of the deer fence

the big pine

The Hollow (15)

holloway overhung with ancient trees n Cornwall
This entry is part 15 of 48 in the series The Hollow

 

touch-me-not

the invasive stiltgrass stops
just short of it

 

glasswort
jumpseed
enchanter’s nightshade

a distant rooster

 

that gurgle we dug
this pit to reach as kids

it’s still down there

 

wingstem
at the old dump site

the bumblebee’s long tongue

The Hollow (16)

holloway overhung with ancient trees n Cornwall
This entry is part 16 of 48 in the series The Hollow

 

tree branches grow
no lower than deer can reach

woods’ edge

 

rock piles
from the 19th century
the oak’s massive crown

 

right-of-way

the power pole all scratched up
by bears

 

hayscented fern
losing ground to goldenrod
a circling monarch

The Hollow (17)

holloway overhung with ancient trees n Cornwall
This entry is part 17 of 48 in the series The Hollow

 

where we fought many
a rotten tomato battle
common snakeroot

 

lawn and gardens gone
back to meadow

the buildings’ straight lines

 

no more turning

even the electric meter
is digital now

 

barn that once
housed an elephant
its great grey-green roof

The Hollow (18)

holloway overhung with ancient trees n Cornwall
This entry is part 18 of 48 in the series The Hollow

 

ghostly dock leaves
pressed against the window

old chicken house

 

gone but for their grins
our childhood collection
of mummified rats

 

once my best
climbing teacher

broken-limbed maple

 

stone wall

all the times
I’ve rebuilt it

The Hollow (19)

holloway overhung with ancient trees n Cornwall
This entry is part 19 of 48 in the series The Hollow

 

spring house

still keeping the milk-
snakes cool

 

the view from my childhood
bedroom window

I live in it now

 

that walnut sprout
we tried to kill with a frisbee

eating in its shade

 

cattails
overwhelmed by tearthumb

the purpose-driven life

The Hollow (20)

holloway overhung with ancient trees n Cornwall
This entry is part 20 of 48 in the series The Hollow

 

one katydid
this late in the season

texting my wife

 

migrant flycatcher

swiping its beak back and forth
on a bare branch

 

a plastic toy football
unearthed by the summer floods

all the stream’s voices

 

rain-softened ground

even the gravel road
has a bit of give