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            —somewhat after G. M. Hopkins

Rococo of branches’ scribbled bliss (to
skies of cirrus filtering streaking-linen
grace; to fuzzed nubs of antlers on young bucks
out back; rotunda’d, wind-felled oaks; insects’
notes; hedges shivered and lulled; dawn, water,
and dune; to plants’ husks, tremors, vibrations,
and tongues; stems’ tubes sculpted, impromptu, and
smooth-furred; to whatso is furtive, vital,
and taut-calm; still-strung; benignant-brute), whose
lyrics’ candor captures absolution.

Photo by Mila Tovar on Unsplash

D.R. James

D. R. James lives in the woods outside Saugatuck, Michigan, and has taught at Hope College for 37 years. His most recent of ten collections is Mobius Trip (Dos Madres, 2020).