Animal Road

Animal Road
by Raewyn Alexander

ridges and ruts a frozen orange sea
generations of tracks through mud
empty now except for stampede echoes imagined
breath noise and loneliness
beside the bare earth a body
skin over bone stretched with absence
fallen calf for the ants
insect population various this fringe
their tiny dance
thinking of their numbers my hide shivers
gasps when I run this rough way
toward the open lake and field
water smooth as an eye
grass soft like baby’s hair
forgetting what to wish for
the wind sings a new language
I lost you along this hard clay
soft make-believe in the sun
cowboy movie scenery amplifies
grief as if it’s colours

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