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.
First Published in _NILAS_ (December 2005)