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Dave Wood's Book Report, Nov. 5, 2008

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"Red osier dogwood,

the Indians called

it kinnickinnic,

took inside their lungs

smoke from the bark

mixed with bear

root and tobacco

leaves. Lime-green

during warm months,

a cut branch

can grow new roots

even in sandy soil,

earning red willow

its reputation

for resurrection.

At spring equinox

when the summer

yet to be born

has traveled midway

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