Pastoral of Before and After

~ after “Pastoral,” Leonora Carrington, 1950

Where is that space left
in the world where we can spread

a blanket of linen on the ground
and confide in the beasts

that come to rest their heads
upon ours? In the canopy,

a glimpse of ourselves
still festooned with wings,

gliding through smoke-
blackened leaves. It is

the moment after, or
the moment in between.

The neck of the fowl
doesn’t twitch anymore;

the horned animals look on
without comment. No one moves

toward the bridge that connects
to whatever took place before.


In response to Via Negativa: Conversationalists.

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