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The shaded forest floor is dark and cool,
the air humid. Deer slept here last night,
their furry smell still vibrating in the trees,
the pebbled dirt, the singular daisy.
Sunrise in the meadow. Wild flowers.
Hummingbird flashes. Sunlight beams
slanting through tall grass. Insects hum.
Eagle’s wings soar the day’s song.
Kathryn Kysar is the author of two books of poetry, Dark Lake and Pretend the World, and she edited the anthology Riding Shotgun: Women Write About Their Mothers. She has received fellowships and residencies from the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, the Minnesota State Arts Board, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and Write On, Door County. Her poems have been published widely, including Great River Review, Midland Review, Mizna, Mollyhouse, Permafrost, Stone Coast Review, and The Under Review. She is the founder of the creative writing program at Anoka-Ramsey Community College. She performs with the Sonoglyph Collective, a poetry/improvisational jazz group, and resides near Bdote, the confluence of the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers.