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Don Hynes

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Oregon Rain


Last night it rained, Oregon rain,

so hard the chimney sang

and this morning more rain,

more dark, Oregon dark.

There is a cave in Ireland

that birthed Queen Maeve,

the darkest cave in all the land

but not to match our winter.

Big drop rain in the forest,

brown bark soaking down

through the deep soft soil.

Summer trees drink the sun,

hoarding heat in their honey pitch

but in winter the dark’s drunk deep,

absorbed and stored in root and rock,

the dark that spring-light calls

to rise and return the earth to color.



 photo by Willard Walch