Pastoral

The squirrel’s tracks end
in a smudge of blood on the snow,
one tuft of fur

and the long furrow
its dangling tail drew
beside the fox’s footprints.

Alone in the field,
a bulldozer lowers its blade
to a white and heavy harvest.

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Dave Bonta (bio) crowd-sources his problems by following his gut, which he shares with 100 trillion of his closest microbial friends — a close-knit, symbiotic community comprising several thousand species of bacteria, fungi, and protozoa. In a similarly collaborative fashion, all of Dave’s writing is available for reuse and creative remix under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License. For attribution in printed material, his name (Dave Bonta) will suffice, but for web use, please link back to the original. Contact him for permission to waive the “share alike” provision (e.g. for use in a conventionally copyrighted work).

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