state natural area poems #16: sander’s park a, b, & c

a.

elms tower the swale

and feathered honey understory

stop listen see

canopy
jack in the pulpit down
zigzag goldenrod

.

b.

thick-cut rivers of bark

spleenworts humbling below

root yourself in the made

canopy
agarics doing what they do best
sky

.

c.

zygomorphic spikes

of great blue lobelia

crowding our hasty retreat

great blue lobelia
woodland sunflower fading

.

sanders park state natural area is set within a park and ringed ’round by exculpating road(!). two different kinds of forest grow on swells and swale, an ancient terrace of lake michigan. an intermittent stream flows thru the whole; lots of wildflower and fern species.

thanks to racine county parks for keeping this patch of earth.

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