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Naturalist Notebook

Reviews and journal entries inspired by nature in West Central Illinois.
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Rocking by Cindy Owsley

Posted by Christopher Enroth - Poem

Rocking By Cindy Owsley Sitting in my rocking chair in front of an expanse of glass that looks out into the woods. A thermal cup with hazelnut coffee much too weak, white and sweet for a true connoisseur. My calico companion sits on the sill with an enthusiasm equal to but much different than mine. I suspect she...

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Peace by Cindy Owsley

Posted by Christopher Enroth - Poem

Peace By Cindy Owsley The need to be alone nearly equaled the need for a close friend's hug and so it seems that inertia prevailed.   I packed multiple armloads of hackberry all split and dried into the cold cabin and started a fire in the woodstove.   It was seasonably warm for la...

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Us

Posted by Amanda Christenson - Poem

Stepping out of my street clothes Into the not quite warm enough water Of the frog people who sang of desire In the unique way of their kin.   The Chorus Frogs The Bull Frogs The Leopard Frogs The Green Frogs   Others competing for the attention Of a lady, perhaps seen, perhaps not. The persistent so...

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Just A Walk

Posted by Amanda Christenson - Poem

  It was a winter warm night So I zipped into my Carhart coat And pulled my Peruvian hat Down over my ears. Not one small sliver of moon Lit my solitary journey Down a trail my boots Knew by heart. Perhaps late for city concrete The ominous silhouettes Belong to bear-sized cedars Planted by birds. The only real...

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