Ferns

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In winter I watch my ferns, small spent volcanoes as somber as November in their row along the fence; and think of April when green centers burst the tight brown circles in their dark craters;

and then of May when their fists of fronds slowly uncurl themselves into palms and fingers;

and at last of June when in their full dimensions, they are at ease in the shade with their memories of dinosaurs.

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