Stumps and Remedies

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Dry bear trees & honeysuckle fruits

crown the crooks of sipping streams,

 

piles of spent bees & tufts of lavender

pollinate stump hollows. A thirsty man

 

with unknit bones kneels to fold his prayer

into a knothole; there are flasks & remedies

 

at the feet of certain healers. The Carolina

turtledove gleans amaranth & pokeberry.

 

He thrashes a broken-wing dance on a conifer

needle altar offering himself to hawks & falcons;

 

ransom for two pin feathered squabs:

one is taken—one spared.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo by Fir0002/Flagstaffotos
Used under the GNU Free Documentation License

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About Author

Pushcart Prize nominee Kevin Heaton lives and writes in South Carolina. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in a number of publications, including Raleigh Review, Foundling Review, The Honey Land Review, The Whistling Fire, and elimae. His fourth chapbook, Chronicles, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press in early 2012. He is a Best of the Net 2011 nominee.

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