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I walk a path most every day

Along the road of Campus Way

Out through the covered bridge I stroll

In wind and rain and fog and snow

The countryside. The gentle breeze 

Herons, pastures, many trees

Hawks and kestrels in the skies

In summertime, there’s butterflies

Joggers jog and bluebirds cheep

The old professor tends his sheep

It’s important, having reached December

To remind myself to stop, remember

I love this place, it feeds my soul 

The sky, the land, each rabbit hole

No nearby place that I’m aware of 

Deserves to be better taken care of

Kevin Ahern

Corvallis (Nov. 25)

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The writer, an Oregon State University professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, also is the author of the book "A Limerick a Day for a Year."