Today's poem is by Meghan Hickey
"The wind drops and the trees are antlered."
Robin Robertson, "Hide"
Dusk, New Jersey. I mistake a haunt
of deer for women, white-kerchiefed
stooped for timber in the leaves.
Dublin, oak. A moored fleet, more than days
past the wood's last felling, knuckles up
from the painted saucers of a field.
Closer watch reveals a brotherhood
of stags in solemn rotary, claiming
brief immunity from the oldest game.
Sheep Mountain, Yukon Territory. White specks
mill the nearest range. "Local kids in t-shirts," nods
the cafe owner, "hired for tourists.
Hey, what good's the mountain," here he winks,
"without sheep?" I once believed myself
deeply intuitive and struggled to obey the tongue
I am said to speak. (To these ears, all is beautifully
misspoken.) So, laugh; your laughter
can't surprise me: I'm a pun
delivery interruptedsong whose tune you hum
mid-lyricmirror in a tarnished spooncold
smoked turkeyportrait in the trees.
Copyright © 2002, 2003 Meghan Hickey All rights reserved
from Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review
Reprinted by Verse Daily® with permission
Support Verse Daily
Verse Daily's very generous sponsors:
Sponsor Verse Daily!
Web Monthly Features
About Verse Daily
Contact Verse Daily
Publications Noted & Received
Copyright © 2003 Verse Daily
All Rights Reserved
Copyright © 2003 Verse Daily All Rights Reserved
[an error occurred while processing this directive]