Bike Riding With Sylvia Plath
She would have remembered today’s blue sky / from summers at the Vineyard Sailing Camp / where she learned about tacking and heeling / and coming about on the calm or choppy / waters of the Lagoon.
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Juneteenth and Father’s Day

Juneteenth and Father’s Day
Third week of June
A double celebration
Of fathers we know
And those liberated
Over a hundred years ago
On Juneteenth
Marking the end of slavery
When men were encouraged
To breed
And not be fathers
In the paternal sense
Of nurturing a child
A form of fatherhood
Not to be celebrated
But remembered
On Juneteenth
As inspirational for all
Denied reciprocal love
Between father and child

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What Flies
The Black Skimmer working its way / close to shore — too close / for the Red Knots that arrived / last night from Argentina.
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Wonders of pollination / Bees buzzing to songs / Hummingbirds sing / In harmony / To the percussion / Of butterfly wings
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O Say Can You See
What is there about Martha’s Vineyard / That urged a friend of mine from Lebanon / To say, “I don’t want to die without seeing / Martha’s Vineyard.”
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He stepped into / big shoes / and filled them well / Sean walked in them / until they fit / his own feet.
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I wrote about hawks once before when they were nesting and feeding their fledglings.
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Death by Pandemic

Lonely rectangles
Squeeze our souls
Stacked one on top of another
Slid into moveable vessels
Stationary now

Filled with us
The new interstate cargo
Rooted to this spot
No place to go

Or left to sit at the altar
Replace pews of worship
For logs of sorrow

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Fan Ogilvie
For Platt, my brother.
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Six More Weeks of Heresy
Groundhog Day, a day without reason.
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