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Gwendolyn Morgan

Published in Written River #10


(Tamias townsendii
Rodentia Sciuridae)

Here’s a hint: look at her face
basic brown
with a clearly defined dark stripe
stretching from nose to eye
five dark, four cinnamon-brown stripes.
She is a storer of wisdom, insect wings
gathering seeds in her cheek pouches
caching them, thousands of seeds
conifer seeds, thistle seeds
maples seeds, gnosis, ten thousand wishes.
She likes Salal berries, Blackberries, Thimbleberries
roots, fruit and fungi
spreading the spores of mushrooms
around the forest floor with her feet.
Field Note: She is diurnal, territorial
vocalizes frequently
chirp, trill, chuck notes
inquisitive, yet shy
even as she sits on the deck
of Elderberry Cabin
small head slightly turned
toward meadow grasses, Red Alder Leaves,
Yellow Cedar, the sea and the moon.


Gwendolyn Morgan learned the names of birds and wildflowers and inherited paint brushes from her grandmothers. With a M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Goddard College, and a M.Div. from San Francisco Theological Seminary, Gwendolyn has been a recipient of writing residencies at Artsmith, Caldera, Maxwelton Valley and Soapstone. Her poems have appeared in: Calyx, Dakotah, Kalliope, Kinesis, Manzanita Quarterly, Tributaries: a Journal of Nature Writing, and Written River as well as other anthologies, newspapers and literary journals. Crow Feathers, Red Ochre, Green Tea, her first book of poems was published in 2013 by Hiraeth Press and was a recipient of the Wild Earth Poetry Prize. Snowy Owls, Egrets and Unexpected Graces is forthcoming from Hiraeth in summer 2016. Angst Gallery will host her first solo art show and book launch in August. Gwendolyn and Judy A. Rose, her spouse, share their Salmon Creek home with Abbey Skye, a rescued Pembroke Welsh Corgi.