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In the Deep Woods

a photograph by Sonja Bingen

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Newport Beach

by Ethel Mortenson Davis

It is the end
of Door Peninsula,
the Newport  Beach  forest,
 
less dense now
from the gale winds
of last September
that toppled dead trees,
crisscrossing their trunks
ahead on our path
amidst living, smaller trees.
 
There are no words
to describe the large
old pines and cedars,
the largest trees
I have ever seen in Wisconsin —
 
not the picked over
forest trees
of two and three cuttings
that mostly remain here.
 
So tall these trees
along Lake Michigan,
dripping morning fog
on top of our heads and faces
from their skyscraper canopy.

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