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Nikki Jeske

A Few Words

I am from the woods
Where the stark, gray bark is smooth to the touch;
Where the tallest tree was hit three times by lightning
And the glow after the storm is safe and warm.

I am from the smell of wood and metal
That has faded from my father's shirts,
And the smell of burnt turkey on Christmas Eve
As the snow outside reflects the lamplight on the porch.

I am from somewhere over the rainbow
Where the crows between the trees sound like my mother -
Or perhaps the other way around -
And Melissa Etheridge wakes us up in the morning.

I Am From
August 30, 2006