when grey owls

fill Minnesota

and snowies take winter refuge

below a New Jersey waterfall

as pine siskins crowd certain nearby feeders

it is termed “an irruption”:

— “sudden increase in animal population”

like June’s fireflies

Morse-coding through these inky woods



sometimes so near I watch

them change from white

through yellow to green

light never given

you, whose irruption

countered January’s chill

When Carolyn Foote Edelmann is not saving New Jersey Land at D&R Greenway, she is out on the trails, in a kayak, and/or writing poems.

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