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My Backyard (1994)


If you took it all;

all of the grass, all of the weeds,
all of the bushes, all of the trees,
all of the wasps and all of the bees
all of the ants and all of the earth;
if you took all of the firewood,
all of the tables and chairs,
all of the cats and dogs,
all of the skunks and racoons,
all of the squirrels,
all of the smells
all of the air
all of the flowers
all of the compost
if you took all of the sunshine
and all of the shade,
if you took all of the birds
and all of the birdsongs
and all of the wind;
if you took it all out of
my backyard,
you'd have me.



Glen Wheeler
July, 1994, Vancouver

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