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Tim Pilgrim, poet laureate
 

MAY/JUN 2021, OUR 25TH YEAR
 
 
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ADVENTURE POETRY
 
 
by Timothy Pilgrim
 

 
  Bellingham skirmish
 
Morning glory creeps from alley,
buttercup close behind. Out front,
I try to stem anemone’s attempt —
take over the entire yard.
 
Already, queen-of-the-prairie
rules the west, peace lilies,
roots tangled, dense, lay claim
to soil below the trellis,
 
where kiwi battle grape. Not to be
outdone, family-cousin day lily
is busy to the south, crowding out
chard, arugula, peas. None dare
 
steal north — massive sword ferns
shiver lightless, claim ownership
of shadows, along with ally,
moss. Shovel, hoe in hand,
 
I resist, alone, withstand blitz,
serpentine horde of green
intent on choking everything.
July, my hope, shorter days,
 
chance to reach October —
less time to pull, dig, rip, more
to stop, wipe brow, sip from hose,
see the beauty, drink in all this.
  Jay on sprinkler post  
  accepted by Windfall: copyrighted Timothy Pilgrim photo: blue jay on sprinkler)  

Timothy Pilgrim, a native of Montana and retired university journalism professor living in Bellingham, Wash., is a Pacific Northwest poet and 2018 Pushcart Prize nominee. His poems have been accepted more than 500 times by journals such as Toasted Cheese, Mad Swirl, Cirque, Santa Anna River Review, Windsor Review, Hobart, Otoliths and Prole Press in the U.S. Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom. He is the author of Mapping water and Seduced by metaphor: Timothy Pilgrim collected published poems, which the back cover calls “a 10 on any Richter imagination scale.”