Today's poem is by Erica Wright
Lola and the Wolfhound
For awhile there are two mouths at least,
one human girl and a grizzled beast too shook
to do much more than rack his teeth together.
The sound becomes a way to measure time,
each hour equals thirty clicks of his jaw.
She records variations, not only the dog's
mangethe great patches of skin
to tease themselves into view
but also the shingle to arrive one morning
without a house in sight. Once, the sky fills
with ash, and she chokes it down
with all the other intrusions. Click, click.
When her lungs revolt, she coughs
red globs into the air where they hang
like eyes and turn wherever she turns,
so that if some day crowds arrive, they'll see
a whole jury ready for a witness.
"Huh," thinks Lola, pulling the collar straight.
"Maybe they're on their way now,
farm implements in tow. We should hear them out.'
And she lets her sentries swivel in the night,
bathe the floor of her canyon with drippings.
No one could accuse her of welcome-wagoning,
of sucking up to governors
when there are none and haven't been
for a million clicks, maybe more.
She hopes she won't feral out before the end,
let her own whiskers gray until, lying down
muzzle to muzzle, there's no telling the two apart
anymore. Where do her teeth end and his begin?
Copyright © 2017 Erica Wright All rights reserved
from All the Bayou Stories End with Drowned
Black Lawrence Press
Reprinted by Verse Daily® with permission
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