Hurricane Harvey, the Governor and President

by Thomas Davis

They sat, the Governor and President,
Before the bristling microphones, the flood
Of waters on the earth, and, as they bent
Catastrophe into the pounding blood
Of prayers full of self-congratulations,
Old people sunk in wheelchairs, their thighs
Beneath the murky waters as, forsaken,
A child clung to its mother–as she dies.

Inside the microphones, great power spoke
And broadcast masks of headlong recklessness
As children cried and scores of parents woke
And saw the water’s rising deadliness.

In wind and water Gaia spoke to those
Whose voices bragged about their glorious woes.


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In the Deep Woods

a photograph by Sonja Bingen

Orange mushrooms

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by Ethel Mortenson Davis

The hem of her dress
brushes against the trees
and the open meadows,
open spaces that bank
against the forest,
appearing familiar,
as if they were
from some other lifetime:

Brushing that brings
into focus
the sharpness
of the fox’s eyes
and the grass snake
that climbed
up into the cedar tree
to escape the flooded ground.

She is eye-level to us,
holding her head high,
looking into us
and we into her.


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Book Signings in Shawano and Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin

I will be doing book signings this week in both Shawano and Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.  The Weirding Storm, A Dragon Epic published by Bennison Books will be featured at both readings, although I will also be signing copies of Sustaining the Forest, the People, and the Spirit, the children’s novel, Salt Bear, and the environmental novel, The Alkali Cliffs.  I am always hoping that readers of might show up to these.

The Shawano event is on Thursday, August 31 from 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  The Sturgeon Bay event is on September 2 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

I have been really happy with most of the four book signing events I’ve held so far.  The Weirding Storm, A Dragon Epic seems to have a market.  Proof of that lies in the photograph sent to me by the wonderful novelist, D. M. Denton, whose new book, Without the Veil Between will be in print this year, entitled Yoshi and Dragons, although we should not that there is a mouse in the photograph too:

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by Alazanto, Kevin Davis, our beloved son

Alazanto was Kevin Davis, our son


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by Ethel Mortenson Davis

There have been
periods of time
in history
where the people
have had power,

periods of peace
where rulers
have been peaceful,
and people have had
their say.

But now,
we, as people,
have lost our power.
We are living
in a period
of war and injustice:

Like the ancient civilizations
where despots ruled
with reigns of terror
for millennium.


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a pastel by Ethel Mortenson Davis



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