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Tricia Knoll

Tricia Knoll
The Thin Scrim of Afterlife
Thrust stage scrim,
so thin
a tissue layers
over this place, this time
the coyote in the woods
does not move as we stare,
the dog and me
through the past
to bears, salmon,
wolves, even frogs
backlit near
this water raceway,
an old ditch.
This gray day casting
muted pearl shine
where the mud
and rocks and path
hold tight,
liquid seeping
here, not after life
of a long-time woods.
Tricia Knoll is a Portland, Oregon poet. Retired from work as the public information officer for Portland’s water utility, she now writes poetry instead of water conservation brochures and a water utility blog. Recent publications include Windfall–A Journal of Poetry of Place, VoiceCatcher, Every Day Poets, New Verse News and other journals of poetry and haiku.


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