Bernilillo County Creatures

 

because they are wild   they startle

the river right outside the door    sultry   muddy

 

like an earless lizard   my wedding ring   its wet self

and the hermit thrush I once was   flushed outward

 

willows in shallows we waded

you and I a molecule   from somewhere   a tear

 

the river doubles back on itself

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plastic nudged into hair grass   owl sounds

and then       our chatter