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Prairie Restoration

Mount St. Francis, Dubuque

Ignoring gravity, the red-winged blackbird
sways atop a stalk of grass
and chirps peculiar code to fellows
perched on equally precarious
holds. They seem to love the tangled
mass of green and golden grasses,
purple climbers, yellow lilies'

 jumbled scrawl across the hill.

Butterflies and bumblebees
enjoy the prairie too,
suck juice from purple vetch
and store for winter.

As Francis set the rabbit free
en route to sale
and ransomed doves from fowler's snare,
his sisters have surrendered corn crops,
granting wildness license to return.
Sister Earth rewards this toss of chaos
only with the thousand smiles
of wings and song and creeping forest.
Paid in Earth's good coin,
we join the chorus.

-- Jane Russell, O.S.F.

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Getting a taste of God's creation as it should be!

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