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A Place Near the Ground
28-AUG-2016 Sarah Rehfeldt

A Place Near the Ground

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A mountain keeps all secrets
whatever stream or runoff carries stays here,
where ground is moist and shade is ample
it seeps tangled
down through underlying rock and soil
into black stillness.
The way the wind moves in like water
it will shelter deep and bury
twist and pile
into what folded
layer into layer.
To risk darkness
To see light through it
To make from this wilderness something to belong to
This was done
to be alone.


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

Poem published in Blueline, vol. 38 (2017);
Reprinted with image in Tipton Poetry Journal, no 34 (Summer 2017).


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