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Contributor: Susan Sweetland Garay

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The winged creatures
took over the skies
as we watched.
“watch your eyes!”
she yelled to me
as I walked confidently
out on the porch.

The magic of it was enough
to command me to action.

I began checking dreams
off my list
one by one.
Working hard and quickly
but sometimes missing
the joy with my constant

When a problem arises,
I remind myself,
it is best to dig at the root
instead of hacking away wildly
at the leaves.

I watch them flock together
with no clear leader.
How nice it must be
to not have a need for control.

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Born and raised in Portland Oregon, Susan received a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Brigham Young University, spent some years in the Ohio Appalachians and currently lives in the Willamette Valley with her husband and cat where she works in the Vineyard industry. Her love for books also inspired her to learn the art of book binding which continues to be an enjoyable past time. She self-published a book of poems and photographs, Gifts from the sky, in 2012. She is also a co editor of a literary and art online publication “The Blue Hour”, bluehourmagazine.com


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