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Poet's Corner

Winter Solace


In my backyard, trees tower above me.

I run my hands over their surfaces:

oak cast in flaky shells, ash in diamond ridges.

After yesterday’s rain storm —

a musky scent, hoof marks

in the ground.

Soon, mayapple will open

their olive umbrellas — tubers eagerly

swallow up the forest floor.

Jack-in-the-pulpit and sensitive fern

will re-emerge in their familiar patch

of cool, damp earth.

The morning sun highlights

the chestnut-brown ridge line —

hilly rumps of horses.

Lynn Fanok’s poem was previously published in Bread and Fumes (Kelsay Books, 2021), a poetry collection honoring her Ukrainian family heritage and culture. She has resided in Bucks County for more than 30 years, and leads a monthly poetry series at the Newtown Bookshop.

Poet’s Corner is curated by Bucks County Poet Laureate Emeritus Tom Mallouk and supported by a grant to the Bucks County Herald Foundation made possible by Marv and Dee Ann Woodall.

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Note from the curator: Mark your calendars for Tuesday April 30 to attend an open mic event at the Doylestown public library on the theme of Poetry and Repair. Information:

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