Pat Conover: Sharing the Journey
Found in a Night Forest

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The forest must stay out at night,
and cannot run away;
must let the night monsters pass,
chasing whiffs of children.

I let the forest find me.
My fears held me still
and when I was found I could pass too.
Pausing by Merton's Pond,
Fireflies in the grass at my feet
gave me the fairy's welcome.

And, passing on, I could not stay,
I grew in thankfulness for my whiff of childhood,
and for being found.

Pat Conover
June, 1998

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