sna poems #99: albany sand prairie and oak savanna

the albany sand prairie and oak savanna has an unplowed sand prairie, accompanying oak barrens and oak opening, a dry-mesic prairie, and an oak wood along the sugar river.

a very pleasant walk. first id’s of grass pink, hedge parsley, and american germander. also a species of primrose i haven’t seen before.


a monarch’s proboscis

curls into bergamot:

blossom and insect


life finite

and inexhaustible

in the oak savanna


the air is heavy with water

flowers and frogs thick

on the sand prairie ground

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