Since February, three friends of mine have been diagnosed with…
Across clearings, an eye—Ted Hughes, “The Thought-Fox”
Mushrooms on the trail indicate
you haven’t roved this prairie of late;
soft-sponged and pink, they’re sweet
as the berries ripped in your teeth.
“Foxes are opportunistic feeders,”
notes a sign—I never mind
the goldfinches who arc my breeze
and swap big bluestem for trees
patiently trilling each leaf, those
last full masts of September.
Zig-zagged grass ripples from a felled
trunk, sunk in its thatch to rot.
Past piles of branches spoiled
to mash, a flaxen hay
wherein I catch your gleam—
spun gold you are a long-bodied
beam, slinking past imagined
houses down to the stream.
Hidden to your scruff in the gathering
dusk, I hold and release your stare,
that of a silver-eyed murderer
who smells breath in the air.