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Vernal Pool

Vernal Pool

They were playing the hits from ’66 on
KFOG this morning. I was meeting my wife
At the oncologist. Don’t be alarmed it’s
All good, they can go cell by cell to get clean

Margins these days. She doesn’t even need much
Radiation. I was expecting something
Like Iron Butterfly, but it was all Otis
The Byrds, Dylan. To celebrate we walked north

From Inspiration Point. Despite the long drought
There were orange poppies and forget-me-nots
Vernal pools with a chorus of croaking frogs.

I thought of Cape Ann, years ago, how we listened
For hours to the bullfrogs and spring peepers
Convinced that we'd found the ur source of music.