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Eucalyptus bending
southward, angled
by sundowner winds,

you point
over the top of last
December’s spot fire,

I just knew
this would happen.

Photo by Ghiffari Haris on Unsplash

Paul J. Willis

Paul Willis has published seven collections of poetry, the most recent of which is Somewhere to Follow (Slant, 2021). He has also recently published a YA Elizabethan time-travel novel, All in a Garden Green (Slant, 2020), and the essay collection To Build a Trail (WordFarm, 2018). He is a professor of English at Westmont College and a former poet laureate of Santa Barbara, California. His website is