Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Sts. Marcellinus & Peter

I cleared the thorns and brambles

from this thicket, took off my shoes

and learned what it means

to be an animal.

between these two laurel trees,

I have lost my way home.

I recognize the smell of sassafrass,

try to find the path to lead me back

to our gravel driveway,

to the dogs that tumble

through the brush.

do you remember coming home

to our backyard on fire?

from a distance, I hoped the flames

would keep licking our windows,

my name carved on the sills.

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