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Full Surprise
By Duane L. Herrmann
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Rounding the corner

through the trees

to the meadow, came

a wondrous surprise:

unexpected, full

glorious moon

above distant tops

of far trees.

Sudden beauty,

early twilight view

astonished me.

A week of clouds

hid the moon

growing full.

So; this surprise!

Standing in awe

in wind waving grass,

I gave thanks.

Image by Nick Morrison

A reluctant carbon-based life-form, Herrmann was surprised to find himself on a farm in Kansas. He’s still trying to make sense of that, but has grown fond of grass waving under wind, trees and the enchantment of moonlight. His work has been published in print and online, even some of both in languages he can’t read. These include a sci fi novel, eight collections of poetry, a local history, some stories for children and a few other things. He is known to carry baby kittens in his mouth, pet snakes, and has conversations with owls, but is careful not to anger them! All this, despite a traumatic, abusive childhood embellished with dyslexia, ADHD (both unknown then), cyclothymia, an anxiety disorder, situational mutism and, now, PTSD.

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