- 2015 INDIES Finalist
- Finalist, Poetry (Adult Nonfiction)
Richard Jarrette’s wanderlust in the natural world does not require a compass. He treks a starlit path favoring one foot and then the other, attentive and inquisitive. Jarrette is the author of Beso the Donkey and lives in California’s Central Coast.
A VIEW FROM THE BENCH
Beneath the canopy of an Italian Stone Pine,
in a ravine below the park, crows
gather to their council.
Hummingbirds kiss and kiss again
the autumn sage
near a bouquet of girls
making rules for their game.
Aristophanes said the Sacred Mysteries of Eleusis
are the saying of many ridiculous things,
and many serious things.
The girls consider whether
imaginary friends should have turns,
deciding—yes—so no one
The crows scatter
to the perimeter of the shade
and the world seems lucky
in every direction.
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