‘Foxtail’, from “White Cranes of Heaven”

Landscape, wc. jane kohut-bartels, 2003

FOXTAIL

Great winds come
before a storm,
tree branches whirl-
green pinwheels near heaven.
One shakes like a foxtail
by the ground.

All this wind!
I think
of the impermanence
of life, the ghost-smoke
of one loved, now gone.

Perhaps that foxtail
sends greetings
to comfort the heart?

Jane Kohut-Bartels

Copyrighted, 2010

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