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Tundra Saguaro


Tundra Saguaro


I don't think the kids believe me

when I tell them of the old days

before tundra saguaro


we ate blue berries

the size of marbles

so sweet

salmon in the rivers

fat, thick as your leg


tundra, then a sponge

soak your shoes

drench your socks

slurping noises with each step


now the earth crackles

beneath our feet

like our lips


now, new survival lessons


open the cactus for hydration


eat the fruit in fall

before the starving bears

become drunk from fermentation


when lost, the wide ribs

face north, or pull a spine

float the needle in water

if you can find some


the tip will face north


everything faces north


the kids ask about snow

a dream now


it covered everything,

I tell them

their doubt burns

with the sun




[April 1st, 2023 -- #1 poetry month challenge ]


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