Monthly Archives: November 2018

BUCK SEASON SURVIVOR

 

 

We celebrate survivors,
pay homage to
who we hope to be—

that with a little luck
leave quietly—not stray
too close to the road.

 

BEYOND THE WIRE

 

 

We have places yet
before the plow,
the yellow steel,

for naked grace—
the wild dance
that steps lightly

upon this ground.
Our clumsy dreams
are child’s play,

drunken dumb shows
of cell phone selfies
squinched in squares.

Blessed be the buck
in rut with purpose
beyond the wire.

 

IN CHARGE

 

 

Any man can be a star
when the ground is hard
and short of feed—

and when the crowd
clambers for relief,
any man can be a god

in certain quarters
if he can load a truck
with good alfalfa hay.

Yet the compassionate man
loathes the burden,
despises his inadequacy

to make Nature rain.
Any man can be a star,
but she’s in charge.

 

ACORNS

 

 

A deep dark brown upon well-worn ground,
the luster of acorns ripe for consumption
litter the roadway, the steep dirt trail

to cows and calves expecting hay or rain.
How the oaks fed us all, once upon a time,
ground and leached into a meal—filling

the bellies of bear and deer, or crushed
beneath a wheel for quail, or swallowed
whole by Band-tailed Pigeons and Wood Ducks.

At maturity, a forgotten crop awaits but few
harvesters, a steady dwindling of wild souls
that owned this space and lived well-enough

to prosper generations. What seed have we
to leave, now that we have changed the world—
what truths have we left to tell our children?