From the Deer Stand
I’ve never seen my father
look so small before.
My feet, in the velcro shoes,
dangle from the ledge
of the almost-treehouse.
But this is for killing.
Beyond the acre of browning
grass the bay is still
as a made bed. Behind me,
more trees. More crisping leaves,
more whistling from the barn swallow.
这 sun is rising in front of us, the field
barely shadowed by the low-sitting house
that my grandparents built. And my father,
below me, stands with his arms apart.
In his green shirt, his gun in one hand
和 his other palm open to the cold air,
he appears as if he’s on the cross
but prepared to defend himself.
I am so young here. My jacket swishes
when I move and my father spins
和 puts a finger to his lips. Quiet,
he says, they can hear everything.
Can I tell you a secret?
We sat in the quiet
为了 hours imagining footsteps.
My father never killed anything,
but forgive him if he says he has.
To the Backcountry
God bless our cars
为了 carrying all this death.
How many times have I
helped my father hoist the bodies
of dead deer into the cab of his truck?
Nothing is as chilling as the sound
of a carcass rolling in the bed
like a collection of loose bottles.
Highbeams penetrate the dark
every mile or so, recurring as a dream.
There are moths scattered
on every windshield
in the county. God bless
There is no one
in the passenger seat
but our former selves,
lively and harmless as violins.
这 grass beside us nothing
but a suggestion of green.
God bless the lowland
和 its thick air. We travel
through the night looking
为了 things to set fire to.
God bless us we are alive
和 possibly dangerous.