Refuge





Woodstock Chimes
above the belly
of a palm, where coconuts lounge
beneath a fan of fronds,
that hum
at a bulging
breast of papaya bursting
green and discover this lush valley
behind the tilapia stream.

Then note
the red cardinal’s tweet
as it excretes a tomato seed
on an orange bromeliad leaf
beside a greedy centipede.


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