This entry is part 44 of 63 in the series Morning Porch Poems: Autumn 2011


“What patience a landscape has, like an old horse,
head down in its field.” ~ Denise Levertov

Through the grass, through the tall weeds, brush fires; then winds that blow their alarms, lapping at everything in their path. There go the trees. There go the boxy houses. There go the railroad tracks, yanked like bones from the back of a fish. What else could they eat in a trice? Only the weeds smudged close on the earth escape notice; or the insubstantial calculus of stones. Months later you’ll find a charred copper penny, a mangled boot; the bones of small animals and their grainy reproach.


In response to an entry from the Morning Porch.