August 2, 2011

Summer in the Oregon Coast Range by Nancy Flynn

Dawn’s pink blue rising
is a window shade pulled up,
clouds descending down.

Fog crowds the foothills—
August and this alien rain.
Log trucks hiss then dance.

Ice in a puddle,
crumbs a slice of lunchtime on
a chipped yellow plate.

Green metal lawn chairs
for studying the garden
breathe sap, exhale rust.


Nancy Flynn hails from the coal country of northeastern Pennsylvania. Her writing’s received the James Jones First Novel Fellowship and an Oregon Literary Fellowship. Nancy's 2007 poetry chapbook, The Hours of Us, was nominated for an Oregon Book Award. A former university administrator, she now writes creatively and edits carefully from her sea-green house near lovely Alberta Park in Portland, Oregon. More about Nancy's writing and publications at www.nancyflynn.com.

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