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Volume XI, Number 3: September, 2009.
Copyright © 2009. All rights reserved by the respective authors.

Editors’ Choices • Commentary • Index of Poets • 
Haiku Pages:  1,  2,  3,  4,  5,  6,  7,  8,  9,  10,  11,  12
Celebrating Paul O. Williams - Pages:  1,  2
Celebrating D. Claire Gallagher - Page:  1



Poems by Paul O. Williams
published in The Heron’s Nest


the gardener’s truck
willow leaves scattering
down miles of highway

a pause in the rain —
the old man goes out
to check the mailbox

in the corner
the usual spiderweb,
the usual moth

day ending
without sunset, night coming
without stars

rainy morning —
while getting the paper
the smell of a skunk

a common wire fence —
then a western tanager
sits there a moment

the river —
the town also spilling out
of the mountains

not a laughing mouth,
a bent bow, or an eyelash,
the slender new moon

cormorants near dusk
perched over the tidewater
all hunched, all black

where nobody cares,
growing with green vigor
the sumac

in a flash
from sitting to hovering
the hummingbird

goose down on the lake
blowing into water weeds —
my brother’s business



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