Sunday, September 16, 2012

The Shadow of a Harvest

A hesitant muzzle flicks my ear,
the brush of whiskers threads my beard;

the strange dry supple flesh of snakes
prickles its way across my wrists and the backs of my hands.

I have much company today. Bumblebees at my elbows,
and fleas springing up from the dusty floors,

looking for room at the inn: their wanderings
as epic as Old Manyturns. What Circe have they left?

Will they attain the inside of the knee at last?
Soft flesh, sweet blood, three holy men with gifts?

The cat lands on the sill with a thump,
a rat still twitching feebly in her mouth:

the house yaws: its fins break the surface of the ground,
it breathes and shudders. All this fuss

for a few stains of fluid – for one skittery attempt –
for one Indian summer's shadow of a harvest.

5 comments:

Deb said...

Perfect reckoning of the morning.

Zhoen said...

A poem to make one itch. And squirm a bit.

carolee said...

oh, these changes of season are rough on us, aren't they? xo

Lucy said...

It all gets a bit much sometimes doesn't it? Squirm was the word that came to my mind too, yet I do love this.

marly youmans said...

You know, from those first three lines, I'd swear we were going for iambic tetrameter couplets... There's only one substitution, and there's ear/beard for rhyme.

Maybe you're itchy for order!