“Winter” by Richard Hartwell

Above, snow-dusted granite hills;
Below, thermometer at -4° Celsius;
Caught between, tomatoes drop off vines.








Richard Hartwell is a retired middle school (remember the hormonally-challenged?) teacher living in Moreno Valley, CA. He believes in the succinct, that the small becomes large; and, like the Transcendentalists and William Blake, that the instant contains eternity. Given his “druthers,” if he’s not writing, Rick would rather be still tailing plywood in a mill in Oregon.