these are the timesdirty beloved


How quickly doing good gets tangled up!

Landscape with Mud Turtle

I pressed the rough, live ends of their antlers
against my forehead and wished.

Under the pond mud, half-frozen, dormant among the dormant,
turtles breathe through their skins...
Jennifer Atkinson/PoetryDaily



If people are telling me -- and especially if they are warning me -- "Don't go there," "Don't do that," I tend to want to "go there" and "do that."

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