Jim Landwehr


The center of his universe
was deeply spaced in the
heavenly body he married
in this galaxy so long ago.
Their gravities were attractive
despite astronomic theory
spinning them out of control
and colliding with a big bang
bringing forth a solar system
devoid of sadness
cloaked in ebullient starlight
surrounded by enormous
black holes of love and
orbiting children


They spoke in
muffled bass tones
But they spoke
The sequoias did
They talked about
the good old days
four hundred years ago
when Native Americans
admired them for beauty
and their wooden spirit.
I felt privileged
to be among them
they welcomed me
among the low ferns
where I swear
a few even laughed
raspy old tree laughs
happy ancient giants
watching yet another
generation pass below.

Jim has a book, Dirty Shirt: A Boundary Waters Memoir, and two poetry collections, Written Life and Reciting From Memory. His nonfiction has been published in Main Street Rag, Sundown Press and others. His poetry has been published in Portage and many different journals. Jim currently resides in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

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