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Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Story last updated at 5/2/2017 - 7:12 pm

Writers' Weir: Poems by Jack Campbell and Richard Stokes

Spring

by Richard Stokes

Stellar's jay, "shack, shack,"

flash of iridescent blue

on late winter snow.

Geese grazing wetlands

plucking tongues and sedges

sentinels stand guard.

Clouds of pine siskins

fill bare branches with chatter

promise coming Spring.

Trill of varied thrush

yellow shoots of skunk cabbage

clear heralds of Spring.

Returning robins

crystal call of hermit thrush

shorebirds heading north.

Ricahrd Stokes, a Juneau resident since 1971, writes about nature, which he loves, and aging, which he is doing.

Kuskokwim Break-Up

By Jack Campbell

The river could visit new country tonight

leaving the old river behind in a vast lake.

Gone out in Napaimute. Jam below Crooked Creek.

Sliver quarter moon above the only gift darkness offers.

Sleep fits hardly into short nights.

A child dreams of a white whiskered uncle

wallowing in bone-chilling black ice slush.

The moving frozen garden has no alarm bell,

only rhapsodic music needle ice makes falling into itself,

or moans of earth banks being gashed forever away

by tumbling ice boulders the size of clouds.

Our high watermark willow sticks submerge

while we await the inevitable surge.

Jack Campbell lives in Excursion Inlet. His second book of poetry, “The Outhouse Spider: New and Selected Poems,” is currently in publication.

Editor's note: The Capital City Weekly accepts poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction submissions for Writers' Weir on a rolling basis and will publish them as space and competition allow. Send submissions to editor@capweek.com.