Monday, January 09, 2006

Like branches of white ash, antlers

lie in spring snow in the foothills.
Close to me every year, he drops them
somewhere along the ravine.

March, I find them in tall grass
honeysuckle braided through tines.
Bees gather. Another season
his rack vibrates in red cedar
mobiles of bone clank till dawn.

I long for him to emerge
yet he never comes
leaving his musk before the fall.

Chella Courington
First Published in _NILAS_ (December 2005)

1 comment:

Rebekah said...

The imagery of this one is dead on. I think perhaps your next collection of poems might have a unifying theme of the natural world... am I close?