Language without Words May31

Language without Words

Language without Words Miki Fukuda Published in Written River #10   Hold your tongue, friend, and listen to yourself              for a moment. What you are saying is immense.              I have no word for it— And to whom are you saying all this?              Suddenly all ears, you see...

Owl Song May31

Owl Song

Owl Song Sarah Rehfeldt Published in Written River #10   low— out from the gray-green backs of trees, spreading out as darkness into hillsides— in silence, the fog— its longing somewhere to be anchored— what has traveled nearly an entire lifetime to reach us     Sarah Rehfeldt is a recent...

Bear May31


Bear Nick Norwood Published in Written River #10   Big. Sleek. All black but for a homely splotch of cinnamon across his butt. He stood half in sun strained through ponderosa boughs turned crossways and obliquely to the trail. Not twenty feet apart, the two of us, by my mistake. Fifty miles...

Darwin’s Piano Forte May31

Darwin’s Piano Forte

Darwin’s Piano Forte Tricia Knoll Published in Written River #10   I love fools’ experiments. I am always making them. —Charles Darwin Emma, Darwin’s wife, played for Charles daily, also to his pots of worms, rototillers he proved undermined Druid stones. He detected that his worms, though...

Grey Heron May31

Grey Heron

Grey Heron Diana Woodcock Published in Written River #10   Trailing the grey heron awhile along the shoreline, noticing its two failed attempts, then— with lightening-strike precision, its catch of the silver streak—how I applaud her skill, not for one instant pitying the fish. Later,...


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