Sunday, 24 February 2013

Sunday Poem

SPRING 
the hawks are out hunting mice in grass past gold
now brown, dry and dead, the hawks, humourless
hunt, merciless and I miss you, done with waiting 
the mice cowering, then shitting paths scooting past
trying to get something to eat, getting et instead—I miss you
I said. puddles in the fields and raptor's wide arcs 
circles, patience—shadows inscribing the water
so the ducks and scoters scatter on the creek bulge
take to air awkward, half-winged, scurry and regroup 
red-tails and kestrels on the power lines glare at the grass
the steely creek, the cows hock-deep in melt-off—
miss you—waiting for the strike, for feathers to fall, hunting

or watching—wanting only to be fed: birds staring
groundward, me staring skyward: weeping
or bleeding out, wary, it's all been said.

From Dirt of Ages (2012) by Gillian Wigmore.

1 comment:

Susan Telfer said...

Dirt of Ages is a great book and Gillian is a wild woman and great poet. Thanks for posting this.