All Beings in the Winter Garden

Squirrel by Tim Felce (Airwolfhound), via Wikimedia Commons (edited)

Squirrel by Tim Felce (Airwolfhound), via Wikimedia Commons (edited).



All beings in the winter garden
feel each other in the east winds,

that squirrel upside down swinging
on the wire-caged bird feeder

patient finches waiting
for lilacs to cotton up next spring

slugs snug between sheets
of leaves, slime and slick

orb weaver in its web
lacing every night

the hummingbird
comes to my nose

random click reminder
low sugar water

at the red plastic flower
ruby caped in my face

only these two of us
can go both

and backward.


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Tricia Knoll is a Portland, Oregon poet who has maintained gardens all her life, sowing the seeds of sanity. She grew up admiring her mother’s roses and vegetable garden. She is an Oregon State University Master Gardener and volunteers at Portland’s Washington Park Rose Test Garden. Her chapbook Urban Wild is available from Amazon and focuses on interactions between humans and wildlife in urban habitat.

Her lyric and eco-poetry of  Ocean’s Laughter (Aldrich Press) focuses on a small town on the Oregon coast, Manzanita. Website:
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