More Poets, Fewer Lawyers…Poetry by Amy Brunvand

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The Christmas lights seem increasingly desperate

This time of year in their struggle against darkness,

Blinking red and green, blue and white

Trying to push back the Winter Solstice

With an hysterical flurry of electric

Bulbs.  For all the talk about stars

And baby Jesus, it seems more like a frantic

Fear of the dark.  God’s stars have disappeared

Into the man-made glare of the city

Only Venus, Saturn, Mars and Jupiter

Mimic stars in the depleted sky.

You’d never guess the Pleiades were there

Or that one long arm of our spiral galaxy

Wraps around us as the Milky Way.


Sage Grouse 

“The only good place for a sage grouse to be listed is on the menu of a French bistro.” — Jason Chaffetz (R-UT-3)

“It’s disappointing that some Members of Congress are more interested in political posturing than finding solutions to conserve the sagebrush landscape and the Western way of life.”  — Interior Secretary Sally Jewell

The road stretches

Before us, black asphalt

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Into a perspective arrow

Pointing out immensity,

Red cliffs slash the horizon

The Sagebrush Sea around us

Ebbs and flows, silver-grey

Shrubs surge in leafy tides.

At a curve in the road

A yellow diamond caution

Alerts us to their presence—

Silhouettes cast

By shadow sage grouse

Their spiked tail feathers

Rays of light emanating

From the Virgin of Guadalupe.

Somewhere radiant

Roosters fan and strut,

Puff out yellow air sacs,

Sing like percolating coffee,

Pop like champagne corks.

A puff of dust

Sprouts chicken feet,

Tumbleweeds preen,

Two grey hens

Bob their heads, brooding

In clucking consultation,

Should they cross the road?

Or not.







Amy Brunvand is a librarian, writer, and part-time nature mystic from Salt Lake City, Utah.  She agrees with Edward Abbey that the environmental movement needs more poets and fewer lawyers (even though some of her best friends are lawyers).




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5 comments for “More Poets, Fewer Lawyers…Poetry by Amy Brunvand

  1. Mike P.
    December 1, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    Wonderful poems from Amy B., as always!

  2. Georgia California
    December 1, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    Bravo and gratitude to Amy Brunvand for her insightful & engaging poetry! And for so clearly (forgive me…) “illuminating” the bizarre compulsion so many have to compete with bright lights against the beautiful alternately dark and naturally perfectly lit skies. Please keep writing Ms. Brunvand … your words are essential! -Georgia California

  3. Bruce Kistler
    December 1, 2015 at 7:10 pm

    I love Amy B’s imagery. Keep the poems coming.

  4. Kent D
    December 2, 2015 at 8:16 am

    More poems from Amy please. We need them, and the wild places need them.

  5. Thomas K
    December 18, 2015 at 10:55 pm

    Very nice Amy. I do see Pleides here in L.A. but have to get out to see the Milky Way. Have to.

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