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"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare

B. A. France

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Staring Down Trouble

from under the wide lamb's ear
the turtle stares up

regardless of my tending
I am an interloper

later I watch her
meandering across wet
patio stones

my long gaze
in conversation with her tiny
elephantine legs

when under pressure
it always seems like they stare

even with interest
in the heat of the noontime
she teaches garden life lessons