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