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How to Dress on a Winter Day

a photograph by Sonja Bingen
How to Dress on a Winter Day

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Red Leaf Dressed With Snow

a photograph by Sonja Bingen, our daughter

red-leaf-dressed-in-snow

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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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Forest

by Ethel Mortenson Davis

It’s where the snow lies
inside the beating heart;
the forest,
who speaks in voices
across the wind,
waiting for the conductor
to begin
its movement springward:

Where teeth tear open
the flesh of a kill,
wolfing it down in mouthfuls
before another comes
to claim it as its own—

Where mankind
has nailed her hindquarters
to a board.

In her anguish
and suffering
the forest
still presents us
with gifts
indescribable.

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The Rhythm of February

a photograph by Sonja Bingen

The Rhythm of February

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Winter Sentinel on a Hilltop

a photograph by Sonja Bingen, our daughter

Sentinel

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Kinship

by Ethel Mortenson Davis

I’ve come again
to watch your woods,
snow up to my thighs,
winds flying
across the tops of trees—
like when I was little.

On windy days
I would run
into the woods
and listen to the wind
roaring across the tops
of trees,

but stillness would
be beneath.

I think of trees
as family,
kin,
those that are
always there,
steel cores,
centurions
that guard us
from all the clamor
at the top,

the quiet and stillness
beneath,

close family.

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