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[Henceforth, the series formerly know as Friday poetry shall be called Friday Soul, in recognition of the fact that I may at some stage elect to feature something other than poetry. But don’t be alarmed, I don’t see the general … Continue reading

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Make of yourself a light

[Editor’s note: I can’t get enough of Mary Oliver. There are few poets, writers, or artists of any kind that so consistently make me catch my breath, that give me the sensation of suddenly falling away into a new world.] … Continue reading

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Friday poetry: To the New Year

[Editor’s note: Admittedly we’re well into the new year, but it’s a new year for the Natural Patriot. We’ve heard from this volume by W.S. Merwin before, about which a reviewer has commented “Each of the 100-plus poems in Merwin’s … Continue reading

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The dormant land

The crops are sleeping. The creek is frozen. The trees are sleeping. The creatures are sleeping. Everything is waiting. Waiting patiently.

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Moving toward the light

[The solstice has turned and we are once again, as the poet would say, moving toward the light. A new year and a new decade, with all the hope and apprehension — the yin and the yang — inherent therein. … Continue reading

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To days of winter

[The earth is beginning to wake up and stretch again.  So let’s savor the last breaths of the unique waning season before we move on. Number ten in a series.] To days of winter W.S. Merwyn Not enough has been … Continue reading

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Here comes the sun

[In celebration of the recently passed Solstice and the dawning season of rebirth, number nine in a series, this the second from Mary Oliver. Food for thought in the holiday season, and always] The Sun Mary Oliver Have you ever … Continue reading

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Friday poetry: Your Catfish Friend

[Editor’s note: Shortly before we left California in 1994 and headed east to settle on Timberneck Creek in Tidewater, Virginia, where we remain to this day, I happened across the writer Richard Brautigan. He was from California, evidently, at least … Continue reading

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Friday poetry: Cold Mountain

[Editor’s note: A millennium before Charles Frazier, before Jude Law and Nicole Kidman, there was the original “Cold Mountain”, a modest group of poems thought to have been authored by the mysterious hermit Han-shan, who scribbled them on rocks and … Continue reading

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Friday poetry: The lone prairie

[Editor’s note: This week’s entry comes from Johhny Cash.  That’s right, the Man in Black. The song itself is, of course, an old traditional whose author has been lost to us.  The poetry in this piece comes in the prayer of Johnny’s … Continue reading

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