Summer solstice, sedum, jam-making

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Daily Newsletter for Monday, June 19, 2017

There is a bird in the poplars—
It is the sun!
The leaves are little yellow fish
Swimming in the river.
The bird skims above them—
Day is on his wings.
Phoenix!
It is he that is making
The great gleam among the poplars
.

–William Carlos Williams (1883–1963)

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