Tuesday Poem

Bay Window Lauds

Cul-de-sac Pastoral

The sill plays a cruel joke – thrones me. Frames me
lording over lawn mower stripes – myself

in a shallow trench. In grass blades. Myself
persisting, despite a dickhead sun – me

in chlorophyll. Early, I find myself
swaying – me! in the black chokeberry, me!

in the rabbit’s throat. Me, the rabbit. Me
dancing out pellets. Out-dancing myself –

my father’s pellet gun, the hawk. The joke
is a bright belly full of dark hopping

along my father’s garden & the joke
small, between wrapped talons, is the hawking

too, is the axe sun, swift, rising, this joy.
This joy, it swallows itself far too soon!
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Marcus Wicker
from Poetry, Vol. 199, No. 2, November, 2011
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