sna poems #85: jefferson tamarack swamp

jefferson tamarack swamp holds the largest forested wetland in jefferson county. tamarack stands, sedge meadow, areas covered with sphagnum (not the spots i visited on my briefer walk), some uplands that are drier (where i walked). the dnr page for this sna notes that there is a large effigy mound on an oak island, but i was not able to search it out this time—one of the best reasons to come back!

got to share my visit with deer and cranes, as well as “weed” species underfoot that i had a particular affection for all of a sudden. they’re just creatures trying to survive too. 🙂


campion and culms

for four-footed ruminants

over hills, under sun


in the sedges

they’re stately—

but the bounding colt!


dandelion and clover

are forbs as well

bearing the image of God

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