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nature lovers meetup Message Board › Today's poem 1/4/2013

Today's poem 1/4/2013

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To See a Bull Moose

Steve Luxton

Forget it!
Walk low, wet country, distracted
by, say, the wig of foam twirling on a riffle,
rough swathe in the grass left
by a slouching snapping turtle.

Come to the farthest
reach of your planned walk
then fretfully turn, in your head too,
back to the usual concerns:
unanswered e-mails, fatty diet, taxes, death.

Soon, it is like someone upstream
blew the big old beaver dam,
floating the sky-high
pile in the barn
through the kitchen into the bedroom!

Worry even more, stop noticing anything,
talk to yourself out loud, at odds,
certainly not watching your step,
so that raving away on a ravine slope,
you trip, roll cursing down
onto a river shoal, where once,
crisp with hope, you trout fished but got bug bit,
lie stunned among fever orange jewel-weed,
oddly shaped spikes of driftwood,
a sucker corpse gone putrid.

Suddenly a bull moose,
not thirty paces off, eight feet tall,
head burdened by a redundant
craze of antlers swung your way,
now long-legging it slowly east,

face dolorous, curious, like the long-nosed
kindly deacon who once discovered you,
bright kid with a sure thing future, fallen
spread-eagled at the foot of the school steps,
bloody-kneed, dazed, unsure of where he was.

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