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Gary Snyder is a wonderful poet who writes about many things that go unobserved. Take care, have a great day, and transform the ordinary into the extraordinary.

Silver Birch Press

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MAGPIE’S SONG

 by Gary Snyder

Six A.M.,

Sat down on excavation gravel

by juniper and desert S.P. tracks

interstate 80 not far off

between trucks

Coyotes—maybe three

howling and yapping from a rise.

Magpie on a bough

Tipped his head and said,

“Here in the mind, brother

Turquoise blue.

I wouldn’t fool you.

Smell the breeze

It came through all the trees

No need to fear

What’s ahead

Snow up on the hills west

Will be there every year

be at rest.

A feather on the ground–

The wind sound—

Here in the Mind, Brother,

Turquoise Blue”

Photo: “Magpie in the Sky,” shot with pinhole camera by Gwen Deanne, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

“Magpie’s Song” by Gary Snyder is included in BRIGHT WINGS: An Illustrated Anthology of Poems About Birds, Edited by Billy Collins with Paintings by David Allen Sibley. This gorgeous, uplifting, inspiring book is available…

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About ivonprefontaine

I completed a PhD at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. Previously, I taught for 20 years and taught for 15 years in a wonderful hybrid school. My dissertation topic and research were how certain teachers experience becoming who teachers. In teaching and leanring, I am a boundary-crosser who understands moving ahead is a leap of faith. Teaching is a calling and vocation to express who I am as a person. Currently, I am waiting and listening to what calls me next. I am an educator, phenomenologist, scholar, boundary-crosser, published poet, author, parent, grandparent, and spouse.

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  1. It is so nice to come over for a visit you always seem to have such inspiring uplifting poems and stories. thank you so much for taking the time to share these with us. You are appreciated and a great writer yourself so more of yours please. 🙂 Have a blessed day!

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  2. My favorite lines of his are ‘if my heart were peaceful
    it would be like this.’

    I would gladly feature Snyder for a Poet for a Week spot if you care to select the poems you think best exemplifies his breadth.>KB

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  3. Beautiful. Simply beautiful.

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  4. Ivon – It’s always so nice to see poetry presented here. I appreciate your introducing it to us. If you would like to see some that I’ve written over the past decade, visit Edge Zones: explorations in poetry and art. (It’s my other wordpress blog.) I began writing it when I took poetry workshop for a year as part of my MFA degree in painting and drawing. It has stuck with me.

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  5. Appreciate this. Puts a nice close on my day.

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