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Canopy

Kathy A. Wittman 1949 (Tennessee)

As I sit on my sturdy, rough-hewn bench,
so carefully constructed beneath this vast
canopy of aspen and spruce, I furtively scan
for my daughter's carved initials,
paired with her predestined soul mate.
Only indecipherable, random designs
of knotted aspen bark remain.

We survived those bittersweet days, finding
refuge in this consecrated dwelling place,
behind rustic pine walls, as the fierce winds
of Centennial Ridge roared incessantly.
Our cabin burned down awhile back,
consumed by wanton neglect, as we were.

Now the wilderness yields itself to vain,
frantic human endeavor, as I idly watch
this massive concrete foundation thrust
its way through these barren ashes.
Others will seek refuge here beneath
this vast canopy, come next spring.
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Kathy A. Wittman

I am a retired college teacher. In the past, I taught classes in Education, English, and Psychology. At present, I am focused on developing my potential as an artist and writer. I have self-published books in the genres of autobiography, fiction, and poetry. I have a Bachelor's Degree in English from the University of Tennessee (1972), a Master's Degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Tennessee (1983), and a Doctoral Degree in Educational Foundations from the University of Wyoming (1988). I have taken numerous college classes in Art and Creative Writing over the past decade. I completed an Associate Degree in Art from the Laramie County Community College (Cheyenne, Wyoming) in 2018, and I completed a Bachelor's Degree in Art from the University of Wyoming (Laramie, Wyoming) in 2020. I consider myself to be a "Life-long Learner". more…

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