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September 2016
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MOSQUITO IN AMBER
Barbara Tate
USA


Suspended in perpetual light, your unblinking gaze stares from yesterday when dinosaurs tore paths through the forests and surrendered their bones to antiquity. Caught on the witness tree*, even at night you live in gold.

sunrise
reading tea leaves
I pour a second cup

*A "witness tree" here in the southern US is a tree old enough to have seen something significant in history, like trees that were on the Civil War battlefields.