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Archive for the 'animal encounters' Category

On how fragile life might be by Enoch Thompson

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

We hit something she said “a raccoon?” I said, “opossum.” I said, “turn around, let’s turn around.” and there it was lying in the street a silhouette of sharp snout and feet orange on grey on black, the colors fade. A cat, we hit a cat. So this is death, bulging, leaking red eyes protruding […]

Surprise Possession by Karen Kelsay

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

She spends her afternoons beside the tree, where Mr. Lizard’s made his home. Last week she caught him in her mouth, and forcefully, my husband pried him out. She doesn’t seek this reptile, or a patterned, scaly prize— just itches for a thrilling chase. For days she’s turned into a sphinx. Unblinking eyes, and breath […]

Witching Hour by Bradley McIlwain

Monday, February 10th, 2014

at midnight bats dart through streams of moonlight glistening like gypsy moths above mountain tops and dangling dream catchers glimpsing visions of desire

Field Notes #13 : Spider in the hand of a goodly snow

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Polar fleece. One of the best.  Inventions. Ever. My admiration for this virtuous fabric prompted me to do a bit of research on it. On Wikipedia, I came across this: “Aaron Feuerstein [inventor] intentionally declined to patent polar fleece, allowing the material to be produced cheaply and widely by many vendors, leading to the material’s […]

A Rabbit And The Moon by Sally Cook

Monday, July 29th, 2013

                          Brief moments there, when planets held in sway A sun, some stars, a rabbit on the lawn; Lush leaves and seeds which flourished, then were gone Leaving green, glowing scented scenes of day To frame each moment worthy of this place Where […]

How to Train Your Squirrel by April Salzano

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

            How to Train Your Squirrel to eat from a bowl is not an easy task. You should choose a color other than blaze orange, a material besides plastic. Cajun almonds and salted sesame sticks placed near the patio door seem to cause aggression toward what used to be his […]

A Dozing Squirrel by April Salzano

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

A Dozing Squirrel full of almonds and sesame sticks, warms his belly on wood of deck. Spread like a loaf of homemade bread, his eyes become commas even as his chest expands, contracts like a blood pressure pump. Front paws hang over edge as if more cat than woodland wanderer, tail curled over his back, […]

One Leg Up by A. J. Huffman

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Flamingos frolic in the surfless still of the sea side morning’s pastoral.  Limbs and feathers paint a fantastical fan, this stretching before the sun. The water dopples, dolloped with pink reflections.  A mirror ed magic, reflexive of another dimension.  Alien in pastel tones of aggressive softness, they adamantly defend their rights to this dance. _____________________________________________________________________ […]

The day you came out to me by Dayna Patterson

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

  _________________________________________________ Dayna Patterson is Poetry Editor at Psaltery & Lyre. For more, and information about where else to find her work, go here. Photo by JRLibby, 2012 via Wikimedia Commons.

Spider Line by Dayna Patterson

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

As I walk on a warm evening, an invisible strand of spider silk lands across my neck. Another snags my elbow. I brush at them, but they are tricky to unhook. Where is the spider who set this clever snare? I’m not near a tree or pole or any structure for that matter. This spider […]