Cosmic Fish

a pastel by Ethel Mortenson Davis

Cosmic Fish

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Unearthly

by Ethel Mortenson Davis

Unearthly stillness,
except for the sound of water
running in rivulets
down the face of cliffs
to the Great lake.
That is earthly.

Sandhill cranes
landing
as if on skirts of air,
suspended in mid-air,
slowly coming down
to start their spring dance:
Unearthly.

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Signs of Coming Spring: Open Water

a photograph by Ethel Mortenson Davis

Signs of Spring, Open Water

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The Raven’s Croak

by Thomas Davis
A Spenserian Sonnet

Hunched down beside a woodpile, ebony,
In shadows from the cedars overhead,
The raven blinked black eyes, its dishabille
Of feathers rustling, stirring up a dread
So dark it seemed as if it called up from the dead
White wisps of spirits buried in the snow.
The raven hopped on top the woodpile, head
Cocked, moving like a dancer in a show,
A shadows’ shadow pantomiming woe.

Dawn’s darkness deepened as the raven leaped
Into the sky and hovered as the glow
Of blood-light saturated earth and seeped
Into the raven’s eyes, it’s dance undone
Until its beak croaked out the blazing sun.

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Open Water

a photograph of Lake Michigan by Ethel Mortenson Davis

Coming of Spring on Lake Michigan

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Visitation

by Ethel Mortenson Davis

They were both
hanging by threads,
trying to hold together,
exhausted,
talking to people:
Lost yet another child–

But those threads
will widen,
grow strong
when they decide to live
again,
for the living–

like the herd of deer at dusk
we saw
when we drove
back across the white frozen fields

in a clearing,
on the side of a steep hill,
clinging to threads
in a trampled field
surrounded by deep winter snows.

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Cosmic Bird

a pastel by Ethel Mortenson Davis

Cosmic Bird

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