state natural area poems #53: kettle moraine red oaks

kettle moraine red oaks is a 2nd-growth southern dry mesic forest that got its second life back in the 1880s. the oak-maple-hickory forest is situated on high interlobate moraine with lots of deep, dry kettles. dramatic topography.

thanks to the wisconsin dnr for tending this land!

a.

cottontail roads beneath the ash

cacao lingers on the tongue

our shadows blossom on snow

b.

glacial hands

worked this land—

our turn to tend

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