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Late Spring Tanka 2017

At Wahkeena Springs,
We wipe dewy sweat from our long hike.
Sun peers through the fog,
and silence, save for one thing:
a baby chipmunk's small steps.

Wisendanger Falls
sprays mist for weary hikers
and wets nearby trees.
Its namesake would be proud, as
the dry Summer approaches.

On an offshoot path,
I catch a glimpse of the gorge,
its wind fills my lungs:
An osprey kites the gust and
nearby starlings flee, panicked.

Nick Giampietro

Nick Giampietro

Nick graduated from Portland State University with a degree in Japanese Literature and a minor in English, and works as a Software Engineer in Portland. He lives with his wife, son, and dog-of-a-cat.

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