Poems by Marjorie Maddox

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Backyard
Inch Worms

by Marjorie Maddox

From Canary Summer 2011

Marjorie lives in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, near the Appalachian Mountains in the Lower West Branch Watershed.

What miles
they'd
make!
Unclung
from wisps
hung faith-
fully from
twig and
eaves, they
measure
scrunched
rhythms,
punt them-
selves past
yardsticks of
yard,
arrogant
and errant
in the hole
y air,
thumbing meticulous
noses
at thumb-
elinas and
anchored
ants. Now
on top, these
runts of the underworld,
swing
acrobatically
their high-
wire
threads
onto our un-
kempt
heads.




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