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Kelly Alsup

who are you making the crossing for

& how can you help them cross it


as the field comes in & lotus grows, so too,

nine tails, seven eyes


                                         even if the cauldron breaks, even
                                         if not every crying red

                                         fox escapes



                                         impulse to serve

                                         & wrap a warm

                                         towel around the damp

                                                               wild creature



Kelly Alsup is a graduate of the University of Oregon and Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School. In addition to working in Oregon and Colorado, she has labored in Nebraska, Arizona, Vermont, and California, where she studied Zen Buddhism for twelve months at Green Gulch Farm and monastery in Muir Beach.