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Judy Shimek Drechsler


Sarcastic lacy branches drenched in heat.                                                                       
produce inferior vegetation no matter how
hard the tree tries.
Impoverished brown leaves desiccated and
wrinkled before their time survive by
curling into a crevice and waiting for the
rains to come down.
Cotyledons dying before their stored
nutrition can nurture true leaves.
There is a beauty in this misery.
Dry brown twigs dance in silvery dust
blown below wind-shredded clouds.
Fragile beauty survives in simplicity and
lack of ornamentation.
Life trickles up stems and trunks
exhausted but determined.

© by Judy Drechsler.
Used with the author’s permission.



Judy Shimek Drechsler spent most of her teaching career in Anchorage, Alaska, where she taught literacy courses for the University of Alaska -Anchorage and was a full time primary teacher in the Anchorage School District. She retired to Port Townsend, Washington in 2000. Since then, Judy has waded deeply into poetry, has had work published in a variety of venues, and has published one book.




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Hadn't thought of cotelydons since I was in college. Wonderfully wrought descriptions, hope-filled in an oddball sort of way.
Posted 09/12/2019 10:45 AM
Marvelously-crafted cacophony of sounds.
Posted 09/12/2019 04:33 AM

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