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Camping in the Redwoods
Joanne Durham


The air’s so full
nothing is excluded.
I inhale
my son’s smile, my husband’s
arm silent around my shoulder.
I want to store their gestures
like a squirrel’s nuts for winter,
to save the swirling path of sunlight
that loosens shadows
from the trees.

From To Drink from A Wider Bowl (Evening Street Press, 2022).
Used here with permission.

Joanne Durham is a retired educator who lives on the North Carolina coast, with the ocean as her backyard and muse. She's the author of To Drink from a Wider Bowl, which won the Sinclair Poetry Prize, and On Shifting Shoals. Joanne's poetry has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies and she teaches workshops about poetry inspired by art. When she's not writing, Joanne says she plays tennis, practices yoga, delights in her grandchildren, and "works for a better world in which they can grow up." Learn more about her at





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Wilda Morris:
Preserving memories of the small but significant!
Posted 06/11/2023 09:05 AM
so concise and so lyrical. Gorgeous
Posted 06/11/2023 03:50 AM
So lovely. So lyrical. Especially like the second five lines.
Posted 06/07/2023 12:27 AM
Lori Levy:
Beautiful expression of gratitude. Great line about storing gestures like "a squirrel's nuts for winter."
Posted 06/06/2023 01:41 PM
Sharon Waller Knutson:
I love how this poem flows light and airy. The metaphor and alliteration are superb in these lines: "like a squirrels nuts for winter, to save the swirling path of sunlight."
Posted 06/06/2023 10:00 AM
Joan Luther:
Feeling the ahhhhhhhhh. in this
Posted 06/06/2023 09:19 AM
Larry Schug:
Awesome last two lines, very original.
Posted 06/06/2023 08:37 AM
Very nice. The swirling path of sunlight that loosens shadows is an excellent image and use of language.
Posted 06/06/2023 07:54 AM

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