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  April 2015
volume 12 number 1
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  home   (archived)
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  Adeolu Emmanuel Adesanya
  Lynn Albanese
  Steven Alvarez
  Jonathan Beale
  Stefanie Bennett
  Jack G. Bowman
  Jennifer Bradpiece
  Don Kingfisher Campbell
  Michael Aaron Casares
  Beverly M. Collins
  William Crawford
  Pijush Kanti Deb
  Elisabeth Adwin Edwards
  John Elison
  Emily Fernandez
  Jeanie Greensfelder
  John Grey
  David Herrle
  Sonika Jaggi
  Strider Marcus Jones
  Phillip Larrea
  Emma Lee
  Marieta Maglas
  Matt McGee
  Christopher Mulrooney
  Dave Nordling
  Toti O'Brien
  Greg Patrick
  James G Piatt
  Frank Praeger
  April Salzano
  David Scriven
  LB Sedlacek
  Danielle Smith
  Jan Steckel
  Carl Stillwell
  Tim Tipton
  Philomena van Rijswijk
  Wanda Vanhoy Smith
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David Scriven
April 2015



photo by dave scriven

    David Scriven is an environmental engineer who lives with his wife Lynn in the hinterlands of Western Riverside County. He does volunteer work for a non-profit religious organization, takes pictures, and plays harmonica in a band. He has two grown-up daughters. His photographs have appeared in the book Weird California and in several publications dealing with bugs.




I am an invasive species. A weed.
I do not belong here.
But being here, I belong nowhere else.
I belong nowhere.
I am not born of the Earth, but of many earths.
The desert, the forest, the plains. Swamps. Caves. The stars.
I am an interloper,
Dropping my foreign shade on the soil,
Standing under a sky that is not mine.
I carry my gods and my ancestors on my back.
I speak a tongue sewn together from a thousand stolen tongues,
And I sing songs I have found by the side of the road.
One of them is yours.
My favorite.

copyright 2015 David Scriven