May by Don Thompson


Just before hot weather
Disabuses us of spring illusions,

Leaves become, for a week or so,
Everything they ought to be:

Plump, supple as fabric,
Indelible shades of green,

And so dense we pretend
We can’t see through them.


Don Thompson has been writing about the San Joaquin Valley for over fifty years, including a dozen or so books and chapbooks. A San Joaquin Almanac won the Eric Hoffer Award for 2021 in the chapbook category. For more info and links to publishers, visit his website at

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