SENTINEL POETRY (ONLINE) #14     JANUARY 2004

DAVID E. HOWERTON

FORGOTTEN WILDERNESS

Getting up early enough
to watch digger pines turn
from black of night
to a black green
in twilight before dawn.
Make little noise
and off a hundred feet or so
you might just catch a glimpse
of a doe wandering through
on her way to an olive orchard.
As proud as these are
they're disrupted quickly enough
with coming morning rush
people speeding through
on their way to work. Not seeing
any of nature, just that little
yellow bright area of headlights
that blocks out all but road.

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