Mark Holian is a resident of Northwestern California. He has published poems and stories in Permafrost, North Coast Journal, Explorations, and others. He reads, and writes every day, and because walking, when they can, is what people do best, he delights in Humboldt County trails.
Five from the Allegheny Plateau
train whistle rides faron slow wind through silver treesleaf feathers settle * thin mud from snow meltthaw line deepens in sunlightmatted grasses stand
* dogwood pods turn redchiaroscuro in cool windleaves speak with no thought
* gloaming crescent moonbetween the locust and oakbat slips into yard
* chest cavity resonates close thunder feel it in the feet coming up from earth proof of kinship we brief articulations of good topsoil