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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 been reading and writing poetry all her life, but only began seriously studying and sharing it with others over the past few years. Her poetry book, To Drink from a Wider Bowl, was published in 2022 by Evening Street Press, and her chapbook, On Shifting Shoals, came out in 2023 from Kelsay Books. She believes everyone needs some form of art in their lives, and poetry is hers. Learn more about Joanne 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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