Saturday, July 11, 2015

Urban pastoral

Often I am permitted to return to a meadow
as if it were a given property of the mind
that certain bounds hold against chaos,

                                       - Robert Duncan

concrete.     pellitory.     crack     ONE  HAND  CAN

red      admiral.      butterfly.  SNAP   RAZOR   WIRE 

dead  murres  and  gulls . I'VE   BEEN  TRAINED 

egret        neck.        asphalt.   BY   EXPERTS   WHO   

sparrow     house         finch.    COVER   THEIR   FACES

cigarette    butt      toad.     CLIMB   TALL   FENCES

August.        creek       for   SWING  ROOF  TO  ROOF.

tag          spray          every-    RACCOON  CAN

body's     for       cash.   SLIDE UNDER 

for     petroleum      oil    SECURITY BARS

engines      for       whine  NO  ALARMS   SOUND

not        puffin       nest   COYOTE  HUNTS

rock        crevice.      lament.   YOUR   CAT

"it's       not        dis-    AND  QUAIL

continued    just    out".  COMES   BACK.

July 2015

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