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Celestial Bird: A Poem

by Ethel Mortenson Davis

One
became caught
last night
in my net.

This morning
I untangled him —
eyes true and bright,
magnificent iridescent feathers,
and a warm beating heart
that stayed in my hand
as I threw him up into the air
so he could
continue his flight
across the universe.

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Juno

a pastel by Ethel Mortenson DavisIMG_0374

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Jingle Bells

by Ethel Mortenson Davis

In winter
sleigh bells went around
the bellies of the black and bay,
four velvet ears ahead of us,
jingle bells on black harnesses.

It was in deep snow
when all was quiet
and the horses began to trot
that magic began to happen,

when erythematic music
of a prancing, running march
through forested land
filled the air,

prancing feet
touching down into our hearts.

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Power

by Ethel Mortenson Davis

The sailor
understands
the power of the wind,

adjusts his sails
to capture it.

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Chokecherries

by Ethel Mortenson Davis

Ripe chokecherries
on the branch
remind me
of the bitterness
of winter’s coming.

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Sketch

a pastel by Ethel Mortenson Davis

Sketch

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Gray-White Geese

by Ethel Mortenson Davis

Put your arms around me
to keep the desert winds
from blowing through me.

Now!
As the snow clouds have gathered
like gray-white geese
gathering on water.

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