Starving Polar Bear

Starving Polar Bear
Where phantom bears hunt vanished ice. Image by Andreas Weith - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Gossamer Fossils

Athens, Georgia
January 15, 2015; revised May 25, 2018

If you wander down a woodland trail  
that leads beside the river shoals 
on a sultry morning washed in breeze
and bathed in birdsong reverie;

if you sit beside the shady bank 
where your dogs scratch cool dirt; 
and if you savor the dark scent 
while watching waters rushing by 

the rock-strewn reach to sculpted pools 
where dappled sunlight filters through 
the hidden depths that harbor lives 
beneath the stream-side canopy – 

you will carry forever gossamer fossils 
coded in the living web 
of birds, dogs, moss, and trees, 
souls bound by unseen thread. 

"Water Lilies" photograph by David Noah,
Winterville, Georgia

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