state natural area poems #43: fair meadows


winter sun glints

off marsh-ice below savanna

humble light for the world


the hills swell and keel, breaking

for kettle hummocks. lone

hickory leaf tumbles down the incline


the scent of scorched earth,

shock of tree-fall—

nuthatches keeping alive

fair meadows is a delightful patch of land with savanna, wet prairie, shrub-carr, and marsh communities. the land is well tended, especially with an eye toward increasing an endangered plant’s population. a fabulous walk, complete with getting “marshed” in ankle-deep water—completely worth it!

a special ‘thank you’ to the private owners of this sna for welcoming us onto their earthy treasure.

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