state natural area poems #48: newark road prairie

newark road prairie is a wet-mesic prairie remnant of the old pre-settlement rock prairie on the southern edge of rock county. over a hundred prairie species have been id’d here, with different habitat zones surrounding a sedge meadow. a winter walk in a wet prairie at sunset is something else.

a.

geese cut the purpling sky

the flowers pulpy stems

below a waxing gibbous moon

b.

bipeds on the ice

amid cattails—

not human habitat

and here’s a picture of the author/photographer doing his thing—why not?

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