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Red Cedar
21-NOV-2013 Sarah Rehfeldt

Red Cedar

EVENING COMES

A mountain draws in deeper
root, tangle, trunk, cloud
the whole of branches threaded through it.

This hour
the last spokes of sunlight down through cedar,
sky unpainting everything in shadow,
forest filling up with darkness

Come, distance,
so wordless.
Come, winter.
Come, burden.


Words and image by Sarah Rehfeldt. Please do not copy without my permission.

Poem published in Appalachia, vol. LXVII, no. 1 (Winter/Spring 2016): http://www.outdoors.org/publications/appalachia/index.cfm
and reprinted in Northern Cardinal Review (March 2016).


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