Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Into the margins

Help me cover my tracks,
sweet howling wind,
sweep them full of sand
and autumn’s bitter rubble to help
make fast my escape. The rabbits,
the foxes will press the earth
smoothly into neat new grooves,
confusing the trail, collapsing it
into a weave, a sieve of dotted lines,
around and through the bush.

Rachel Westfall
July 27, 2011


christopher said...

Missing The Point

She's gotten away,
convincing us all Tuesday
to let her go soon,
then giving us hell
before giving us the slip
this last Wednesday
and I feel foolish
for believing her better
than this, more stable,
more an oak-like tree
than the whipping reed cutting
me as she passed me
going out the door.

Rob-bear said...

Glad she got away, but what happened to the snake? Did a hawk get it? Bear is confused. It was here; then it was gone.

RachelW said...

Shapeshifting. It's all part of the strategy, Bear.

Christopher, yep-- I think she did.

christopher said...


Shape shifting comes on
in the cabin in the wood,
snuffing the clean air
of the shifting time,
and how the skin stretches out
and the bones do things
you would think so wrong
were it not for this deep need
to be four footed,
or winged, or a small
incredibly painted one,
six legged, curled tongue
seeking God given
nectar and the chance to flash
in the sun one more
time before leaving,
that Mexican migration,
following the moon.

christopher said...

...before leaving
on Mexican migration,
following the moon.

Thank you, Rachel. I posted this one tonight.

namingconstellations said...

Beautiful words and beautiful images, as always. Love the "sweet howling wind" especially.

RachelW said...

Christopher, that is so rich and beautiful. I need to process that one.

Joseph-- thank you!

He ment well (sometimes did) said...

I love this. I want to experance more, but I'm tired, brain fried by sun, dehydration, and paint.

Rick said...

hmmm snakes, bears, shapeshifting and hawks.
i wish i had begun this boodk at the beginning, and as usual, christopher has me entirely confused.
but beast or phantom, i applaud the escape and the covering of tracks!