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What Moss Says by Penelope Scambly Schott

published in River and South, May 2018


What Moss Says

by Penelope Scambly Schott


There's enough moss to go around

is what I say to myself.


When I lived on the East Coast

moss only said North,


but here in rainy western Oregon

moss proclaims I embrace.


The circumference of each branch

is wrapped in Old Man's Beard.


When I must abandon my used body

in this damp forest


moss will whisper Welcome, sister

as it dresses my ivory bones.



Fairy Falls, Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

photo from iClipArt


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