The slow hands of low clouds open
and shafts of sunlight flash through the understory,
ignite the lush forest a thousand shades of green.
The slow hands of low clouds slip back
over the canopy, turns the forest
a thousand shades of gray.
Rain begins to fall
Doug Stone is a fourth generation Oregonian and lives with his wife amid hop yards and vineyards near the Willamette River in Benton County, Oregon. In past lives he has worked on a county road crew, been a case worker, and a public policy analyst. He has written two collections of poetry, The Season of Distress and Clarity, and The Moon’s Soul Shimmering on the Water.