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Medicine For a Friend
by Michael Koehler

Let me give you this:
Tall prairie grass humming like old women
gathered to quilt their long memories into
a tan and green and dark brown field
where, underneath, small things
can be warm as the sun on sumac.

Take this, too:
The sky a peerless blue,
high clouds rippled like the flesh of walleye.

And here, in my heart,
my love, one leaf that never falls,
waving like an anthem,
keeping the bare tree rooted to the earth.


from the book Red Boots (ISBN: 978-0-9823419-4-0). Published by Little Eagle Press


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