rests in the throat
acorn and fern and dripped
plaqued with moss evergreens as teeth
a tongue looks like yellow oak leaves
litters of fault
immigrant eucalypts in dry wind
from distance like a skeleton
These pieces are part of a series inspired by my time working as an aide for a communicatively impaired teenager with Autism in the San Francisco Bay Area. I have spent a lot of time thinking about impaired communication. In these poems I considered the ability of natural ecological settings to communicate within such a massive urban environment.