New Constellations

The past’s signpost
casts a crooked shadow.
I’ve done lost-scout-in-the-woods-
more than once
back to that jagged stile.

I paint that post blue
with gold letters that point
to tomorrow and
plant a sweet potato vine
for bees to nectar.

When drops of gold slop
on my overalls,
I make up names
for new constellations.



About the Poet:
Tricia Knoll is an Oregon poet whose work appears widely in journals and anthologies. Ocean’s Laughter (Aldrich Press) records 25-years of change in a small town on the Oregon coast. Urban Wild (Finishing LIne Press) investigates how humans and wildlife interact in urban habitat. Website:



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