October 2021, Close to a Washington State River
On my truck gate, pulling up waders,
branches snap in morning darkish as a cougar stalks me.
When it will get nearer, I re-enter and wait
a fellow angler arrives and we descend
We cut up at two trails, and the cougar follows me.
I toss rocks and yell at it.
Later, beneath stars, I mirror if
this had been
a metaphor for international local weather response,
I might put on a blindfold, grasp a
on my neck, return in forest
“Right here kitty, kitty,” and hope
In different poetry information, I am grateful to former Affiliate Professor of English and Inventive Writing at College of Alabama Heidi Lynn Staples for accepting my poem “Once I Lived Upriver” in her mission Hold Our Breath 2040: Artists and Writers Reimagine Forestation, a global artistic digital commemoration of afforestation efforts to handle local weather change. I additionally recognize Flyfishing & Tying Journal for together with two of my poems within the subsequent situation.
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