from Field Marks

 


 

 

1. kingdom of ends

 

O the round

about (and O

the rotary)

 

American as

this world is

 

(beautiful as

teeth)

 

consumption is

the lower and

 

upper beak

 

 

 

 

2.

 

If a rooster

crows only

 

when he sees

light, in the dark

 

he’ll never crow

and in the dark

 

ever even

the minor

 

irritations are

iridescent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.

 

Bee shadow

on the table before

 

A bird amongst books

 

—open the window— a sparrow really

 

Eastern surely

 

If he got in, he can get out

persimmon-red cap

 

The whirl of the elevator

as it begins to rise

 

wind round in a copper bell

 

What thou lovest well is labor

 

When I leave

what will I have left:

 

 

 

4. Missoula

 

How to tell

a Fish Crow

an American Crow

apart? Hawks circle

the hills in hock.

 

Whippoorwills

in overcast

 

escrow open

their bills to the light

 

of the lunar cycle.

Dick said/says

 

if you can answer

a question to ask

 

is a waste of time.

We are not

 

what we say or do

when we are

 

and I am

aching in my

 

every joint, too. 

 

 

 

5.

 

Jersey cows mull/munch

pumpkins

in a green fog

 

—a contingent compass

 ruminant animal.

 

The loosened

mechanics rid

 

themselves of their

grammatical sling.

 

The stretch marks

a beautiful

emboldening.

 

 

 

6.

 

In autumn decay

decreases

 

the oxygen

of the leaf strewn lake.

 

Birds of a feather

and all those other

 

proverbs—bread

crumbs on muddy water

stones in the gizzard.

 

A leaf is

a leaf, but            what then

decomposes

 

and where does the turkey-

buzzard caravan?

 

Not here, not there

not in the late dogwood.

 

There was a time when things burned

and burned properly, ash all

all the way through.

Poetry, prose, and art since 1956.

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