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Dan Grubbs
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Spring Morning After Berry

  by Dan Grubbs

As morning fog billows on the pasture hillside
at the intersection of dawn and full light,
the great boiling ball creates glistening diamond dew
crowning brome, curly dock, red clover, and alfalfa.
Accompanying is the caw of red-wing blackbird
underneath the melody of western meadowlark.
Chicks that have left their brooder,
scratch their way to what is good and healthful.
I am arrested in the moment
standing in still air, toes soaked,
arms akimbo with fists at my hips.
Sounds are pure and clear as I squint at the rising orb
when even the wing feather of passing dove is heard.
I suppress the reel of the city
winding me in to itself.
Pausing here, in this bucolic moment,
I breathe easy and even,
my shoulders and neck decompress
and I feel creation’s power as God’s gift of love,
this our intended home
where worship feels natural and right.
 
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all four are wonderful Dan!  I knew that you were a writer....so should have expected poetry.  Reminds me of Wendell Berry....such lovely descriptions of the natural world and sentiment towards it....
 
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You squeezed a lot of seasons and weather in to those four. Sometimes it's fun with poems or other writing to imagine it done in the voice of someone well-known for voice work. Perhaps Christopher Plummer or David Attenborough.
 
Dan Grubbs
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James Earl Jones, Morgan Freeman, and Don LaFontain would also be fun to hear something that is more dramatic.
 
Dan Grubbs
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Folly of the Plymouth hen

By Dan Grubbs

In her best imitation of a cock
the Plymouth hen took roost
upon a ledge of masonry rock.
Squawks and cackles alerted
to her claim of the special spot.

Nestling now, fluffing her down,
Plymouth hen sits to lay her egg.
Precariously perched now
evidence of her past attempts
lay splattered below on the ground.
 
Dan Grubbs
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This one has sparked debate before with those who are dedicated to what they believe is the scientific method.

The sin of reduction

By Dan Grubbs

The divorce of things from things
is a science that leads to false understanding.
When the whole is parsed and broken
in the hubris that we can know it by its parts
we profane what we consider and examine.

Once reassembled, the new false thing
is not considered in the mind
of the observer who can now not unthink
the whole reduced to so many pieces.
In this profanity our sin is discovered as we move
and plan under assumptions in error.
 
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