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“As You Watched Alone”

     The violets and roses,
     The rain came and filled the ground
     The sun came and warmed the brown

     The dew came and said it rained

     The sun shone
     As you watched alone



The gopher ate, the grasshoppers shake—
their bodies up and down

You listen to the sounds
The bugs hum, the spiders run
The grass grows
As you watched alone

The breeze blew hard
And ruffled the backyard—
The grass fell down and made a crown
The flowers bowed and laughed out loud
The steam pot whistled
and your ears listened...
As you watched alone.

        Artwork by Sheri Holmberg

By Dotti Holmberg-Waddell
From "Your Own Ship"
2005 Apple Core Publishing