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
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