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Joseph Bruchac
Writer and storyteller Joseph Bruchac lives in the Adirondack mountain foothills town of Greenfield Center, New York, in the same house where his maternal grandparents raised him. Much of his writing draws on that land and his Abenaki ancestry. His lifelong interest in the natural world has been a frequent focus in his writing, especially in the best-selling Keepers of the Earth series co-authored with naturalist Michael Caduto. His poems, articles and stories have appeared in over 500 publications, from American Poetry Review to National Geographic. He has authored more than 120 books for adults and children and his honors include a Rockefeller Humanities fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Writing Fellowship for Poetry, the Hope S. Dean Award for Notable Achievement in Children's Literature and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas.

Wind in the Pines



Joseph Bruchac
So soft at first,
just the hint
of sighing
then, as the boughs
and the long soft needles,
lend it a voice,
and the ripples
spread
across the pond,
the wind starts to sing.

The pines quiver and bend,
moved by that long breath
that has flowed down the valleys,
lifted over the hills,
whistling, whispering
a chorus that fills
the air round us
as the whole forest
bows and dances.


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