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P O E T R Y
by Carolyn Miller
|Third Day of the Year
The new year starts off bravely, light
around its edges: Persimmons grow translucent
in a bowl. The hills are green; gray whales—
pregnant females first—leap and plunge their way
to Mexico. Juncos, down from Oregon, fatten
in backyards, while ginkgo trees release their hoard of gold.
This early, we are hopeful. Even the orange-bellied newts
crossing busy roads, sure they will find love.