Sheryl Guterl takes us to a place of lush tranquility in her poem “Real News,” from the 2021 issue of Deep Wild: Writing from the Backcountry, forthcoming in June:

Somewhere bombs explode,
earthquakes unsettle,
politicians quibble.

But here, beside the lake,
the only news is heard on the breeze
or caught by dreamy gaze.

Two herons patiently fish in shoreline weeds.
Tiny frogs hop nervously at water’s edge.
Beaver swims busily from cove to reeds and back again.

Natural news not broadcast,
nor podcast, yet the pines whisper
all they know to the leaping bass,
the sunning turtles, and the
dragonflies dancing on the water.

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