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SUGAR BUSH SPRING poem

Story ID:4617
Written by:Richard Laurent. Provencher (bio, contact, other stories)
Organization:Retired
Story type:Poem
Location:Truro Nova Scotia Canada
Year:2008
Person:Richard L. Provencher
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Sugar Bush Spring

The forest is a humdrum
of activity, crunching snow
endures chain-laced
tractor tires, and

relentless in its forward march,
an old 80 hp
Massey-Ferguson crawls
along the branch-snapping
road, lugging a
wagon load of supplies
maple sugar land now alive
with motion-

at destinationís camp
experienced hands prepare
tubing for flowing sap,
replace firebrick
in the evaporator, start up
tapping drills.

And dayís end is blue plastic
winding around the hill
spiles linking hundreds of
hardy maple trees,
trenches in snow no longer
filled with anxious feet, a
forest now at peace

shadows overcome the
campsite that disappears
at eveningís twilight.

Nature is a silent whisper
that reclaims her space.

© Richard L. Provencher 2002

first published Summer Edition 2003
Vol 52 No 1 Tower Poetry Society
University of Hamilton
Hamilton, Ontario ISSN 0495-9701