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Joe Cottonwood


never blinking
dare to stare

Miner's lettuce says
Let's do lunch

Bay leaf stirs
for soup

Columbine dangles
a delicate kiss

Milkmaids wiggle
white bottoms

Monkey flower laughs
tongue waggling

Maidenhair fern
blushes, shy

Poppies shout
We're here! And here!

Redwood endures
bending with breeze

© by Joe Cottonwood.
Used here with the author's permission.

Joe Cottonwood is a semi-retired contractor with a lifetime of small jobs repairing homes. He lives with his high school sweetheart under redwoods in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California, caring for curly-haired dogs and straight-haired grandchildren. Joe's latest book is Random Saints. Learn more about him at




Post New Comment:
Robert Walton:
Poppies do indeed shout. Great work, Joe!
Posted 05/12/2020 11:53 AM
Lori Levy:
Love the way the flowers/plants are portrayed.
Posted 05/12/2020 01:42 AM
Good one!
Posted 05/11/2020 10:01 AM
Larry Schug:
A nice walk for my spirit before I venture out with the dog for my body's walk.
Posted 05/11/2020 07:23 AM
Hail, hail, the gang's all here. Fun, tight and crispy piece. Randy.
Posted 05/11/2020 07:03 AM

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