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David Alpaugh


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Re-reading Robert Frost on my 75th birthday


I’m standing in a yellow wood.
Not a brown or crimson leaf anywhere.

I’m standing near a woodpile.

Watching a bright green snake

disappear into the undergrowth.


Listening at dusk, to the music
of phoebe… oven bird… thrush.


A blue butterfly happens by.

A white
spider sits—like a secret—
on a heal-all, waiting to catch moths

flying thither in the night.


And me? I'm waiting for stars.

Keeping the universe alone.

No road here, trod or untrod.

No fork in a trail to divide me.


Just standing in a yellow wood.

Waiting for the leaves to decide

what to do next.


This poem first appeared in Exit 13.

Used here with the author’s permission.

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David Alpaugh has been a featured poet at bookstores, colleges, cafes, and poetry organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area more than 100 times. His first full collection, Counterpoint, won the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize from Story Line Press, and his poetry and essays have appeared in numerous literary journals. David holds degrees in English from Rutgers University and the University of California, Berkeley, where he was a Woodrow Wilson and Ford Foundation Fellow. He was also a finalist for Poet Laureate of California. Learn more about David at www.davidalpaugh.com.

 


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Dorcas:
Peace attend thee...
Posted 03/26/2016 05:24 PM
barbsteff:
Clever
Posted 03/26/2016 05:03 PM
Jo:
Your poem filled me with peace.
Posted 03/26/2016 04:24 PM
Lori Levy:
Beautiful poem.
Posted 03/26/2016 12:16 PM
transitions:
Loved it ~
Posted 03/26/2016 11:35 AM
carel:
Precious. . .
Posted 03/26/2016 09:57 AM
carel:

Posted 03/26/2016 09:57 AM
Jancan:
This is really lovely--engendering a sense of peace in nature. Janice
Posted 03/26/2016 09:46 AM
KevinArnold:
Muted, fun. Had to look up 'heal-all.'
Posted 03/26/2016 08:40 AM
Walcottjm:
loved the line" a white spider sits-like a secret-" Thanks for that.
Posted 03/26/2016 08:09 AM
Newf:
Meant this one I like
Posted 03/26/2016 06:08 AM
Jean :D:
What a delightful poem -- & ode to Robert Frost!
Posted 03/26/2016 06:08 AM
Newf:
By his one I like. Just peaceful.
Posted 03/26/2016 05:19 AM
jeeger:
This was simply lovely.
Posted 03/26/2016 04:21 AM


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