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About ktrammel

Author of Gathered Rain, which can be found on Amazon. Read more on my sites,, or

Sight Without I’s

The light you see in a child’s eyes is the same light the child sees in everything. As a child, the world looks ever fresh and vital because that light permeates their experience of life. The same light exists still, … Continue reading

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Sky Full Blue and Clear

Who pays the fare for passage? Who books the travel plan? Who keeps the maps and ensures the way is held true? Who brings the rain and snow, and who makes fire in the hearth? Who will cut the chain … Continue reading

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Love’s Story

Why these tragic songs of love that end with sorrows everyone knows? Love answers all, even the questions one hasn’t yet learned to ask. _______________ -kt, 1/2020

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Into the Hearth the Mirror of Time

The Black-eyed Susans wept into the frosty glen That winter met unvisited, untouched, untrod. The sunlight caught in a cup of lily Was drunk only by empty sky, Which smiling held forth but its cold grace. O, touch the soft … Continue reading

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Jami and Grace

Beloved no fear if You break my heart a thousand times but do not abandon me in contempt because of what I have here become for in this garden every flower has its roots in dirt _____________________________________________________ -tr. Vraje Abramian, … Continue reading

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  She pours out the last grains of rice from a clay urn. Gently she lays the cup inside and rests the lid back in place — its faint, empty drumming. __________________ -KT, 1/27/2020; based on the film, Ip Man

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One overcast day she felt sad and drove to the coast. There, six dolphins came in to play among the waves — on a single wave, six dolphins body-surfing! Leaving, she felt whole again. She knew the dolphins had come … Continue reading

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Persimmons Once

I walked down to the orchard  today to see what had become of the few persimmons which we had left on the tree prior to the engaging activities of the holidays. The tree was barren but for the dry and … Continue reading

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Robbie – Portrait

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Gus, A Portrait

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The Wisdom of “The Fields”

The Fields by Witter Bynner Though wisdom underfoot Dies in the bloody fields, Slowly the endless root Gathers again and yields. In fields where hate has hurled Its force, where folly rots, Wisdom shall be unfurled Small as forget-me-nots.

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Joy in Solstice

Such gleeful delight. What a way to greet Solstice! Thank you, Gus.

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What Comes this Way?

It is now dead midnight. Cold fearful drops stand on my trembling flesh. What do I fear? Myself? -Richard III, Act V, scene v

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How It Seems in the Shadow

To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow, Creeps in this petty pace from day to day To the last syllable of recorded time, And all our yesterdays have lighted fools The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle! Life’s but a … Continue reading

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When They Appear

A mote it is to trouble the mind’s eye. In the most high and palmy state of Rome,  A little ere the mightiest Julius fell, The graves stood tenantless, and the sheeted dead Did squeak and gibber in the Roman … Continue reading

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Incantation of Confounding

Up and down, up and down, I will lead them up and down:  I am fear’d in field and town: Goblin, lead them up and down. -Puck A Midsummer Night’s Dream Act III, Scene 2

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The Lifting Shroud

My fairy lord, this must be done with haste, For night’s swift dragons cut the clouds full fast, And yonder shines Aurora’s harbinger; At whose approach, ghosts, wandering here and there, Troop home to churchyards: damned spirits all, That in … Continue reading

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Recipe for “Double, Double Toil and Trouble”

A dark Cave. In the middle, a Caldron boiling. Thunder. Enter the three Witches. 1 WITCH.  Thrice the brinded cat hath mew’d. 2 WITCH.  Thrice and once, the hedge-pig whin’d. 3 WITCH.  Harpier cries:—’tis time! ’tis time! 1 WITCH.  Round about the caldron go; In … Continue reading

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Of His Bones

Full fathom five thy father lies; Of his bones are coral made; Those are pearls that were his eyes: Nothing of him that doth fade, But doth suffer a sea-change Into something rich and strange. -Shakespeare (The Tempest)

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Venus and Luna

This is what Venus and the Moon cooked up last Sunday (July 15) for all to see in the late evening sky. This was taken in Northern California, in the Sierra Foothills. These two have been performing a marvelous dance … Continue reading

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