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Karen Randlev

Karen Randlev

Hancock, MD 21750
Website: https://store.washingtoncountyarts.com/Karen-Randlev-book-poetry


My black snake croons a song to me,
hanging there,
light loops on nails
through oak barn beams.

He sings of sparrows
swallowed whole,
shedding his skin clear through,
to swim in the mud of my creek.

He watches
under the glare of a single,
bare bulb
and calculates
my simple humanity.

until I turn off his stare
and walk back up the lane
to bed.


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The Washington County Arts Council, Inc. is funded by an operating grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, (MSAC), an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. An agency of the Department of Business & Economic Development, the MSAC provides financial support and technical assistance to nonprofit organizations, units of government, colleges and universities for arts activities. Funding for the MSAC is also provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, which believes that a great nation deserves great art. Additional funding is also provided by Washington County Government and generous businesses, organizations and individuals.

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