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Some Deeper Source

In this aging California summer

the grass is brown and dry.

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The spent blooms of red clover

have crumbled to powder.

But not all has withered.

The dill, the fuller's teasel, lotus,

a few other plants are green

and blooming. They have

some deeper water source,

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reaching down the fingertips of

their root tendrils to some

remote dampness into which

they tap and sip and flourish.

That is one of the arts of living,

isn't it, to have that deeper source

and persist when the outer world

has gone dry on its surfaces.

These plants have mastered it well.