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RC deWinter’s poetry is widely anthologized: notably in New York City Haiku (NY Times, 2/2017), Coffin Bell Two (Coffin Bell, 1/2019), The Connecticut Shakespeare Festival Anthology (River Bend Bookshop Press, 12/2021); in print with 2River, Event, Gargoyle Magazine, Genre Urban Arts, Meat For Tea: The Valley Review, the minnesota review, Night Picnic Journal, Plainsongs, Poetry South, Prairie Schooner, The Seventh Quarry Magazine, Southword, The Ogham Stone, Variant Literature, York Literary Review, among many others and appears in numerous online literary journals.


Trigger Warning

somewhere in this dark night crickets are chirping summer’s dirge
not knowing they won’t be here come spring
but this is not a truism accruing solely to crickets

or any other living thing

the fox sliding stealthily through the marsh might be careless

and meet death under the wheels of a fast car
even as a croaking frog might be a meal for that fox

before he meets that car

only those irrefutably told know they’ll soon be gone

who among the rest of us knows we’ll be here come spring?

death’s an equal opportunity thief striking at his pleasure

as we all draw closer to the finish line with each breath

but the iron is always hot
so now is the moment to

eat the cake
sing the song

write the words
kiss the child
plant the tree
pluck the rose

wear the dress
take the trip
show the ones you love how much you do
and every other thing  you’ve been holding off until just the right time
before the chance to do another thing is gone

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