She Wanted

to record
only one small
portion, one bird,
one snake, one
unc fly’s view.

Nothing grand
one blade, one stem,
one pistil at a time

as if creation
in a haze
of exasperated

She arrived
three days early
to scope out
the spot

where to plant
herself, where

to start

the slow erasure

the wearing in.

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From “Prairie–Seven Poems for Photographer Linda Gammell”