state natural area poems #1: Cudahy Woods

shagbark hickory up the rise

skunk cabbage strains its spathe–

early risers awash in sun

skunk cabbage

A beautiful example of old forest strangely right next to Mitchell Airport–dry-mesic, mesic, and lowland forest. Here’s the skunk cabbage we found!

Thank you, Milwaukee County Parks for tending this patch of earth for us.

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