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February 2014

Odes to the Lowcountry:
Open Landscapes
Written By: 
William P. Baldwin


“Near Where Tuxbury Lumber Dumped Their Logs ”

With rainbows seen in pairs
The outer bow is lesser
And the gold found at its base
Is a thin mean metal—
but still worth taking,
Or so they say, those
Who reached the inner’s first
And after consulting a lawyer and a CPA
Announced themselves most blessed.
Maybe. I’m not so sure.
It’d be ironic, wouldn’t it,
To find (as in “less is
More”) at least one soul
So in awe of a Wando marsh
in autumn he or she’s content
To let the gold of second bows
Stay stretched beneath
a burnished mix   
of mist and silver.


A lifelong resident of the Carolina Lowcountry, William P. Baldwin is an award-winning novelist, poet, biographer, and historian. His latest novel, Charles Town (Evening Post Books), will be published this spring.




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Storm Clearing Bear Island (oil on canvas, 2002) by Mickey Williams; courtesy of private collection; www.mickeywilliams.com

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