Two Poems

by Karla Linn Merrifield Issue: Fall 2016 Special Issue on Forests

Scherzi Quartet:  2/29, Southwest Florida Forest 

Now is the dawn when fog
becomes dew; spring’s pig frogs thrum.

Weighted spider webs drip;
green anole leaps; he sips.

Armadillos leaf-litter rustle,
dampness dances.

From moist invisibility of owls,
we know how.

Everglades Gestalt #7: Double Dome

If I at last submit
to the storms’ horizontal force
I will become the forest

Karla Linn Merrifield

Karla Linn Merrifield’s poems have appeared in dozens of journals and anthologies. She has published twelve collections, most recently Bunchberries, More Poems of Canada, a sequel to her Godwit: Poems of Canada, which received the Eiseman Award for Poetry. She is assistant editor and poetry book reviewer for The Centrifugal Eye ( Visit her blog, Vagabond Poet, at