Wildfire Smoke/Haze... Sky Smudges
A common run of cell phones on-silent
from burned-out towns on the Columbia River.
You wake in semi-darkness before sundown...
a listing-sideways evening without sun or cloud.
Hypnagogic voices jerk in unlike-song... in scream.
You fly awake before dawn...
taste of charred power pole from up north.
Outside with a huffing Wolfhound
in sky-smothered ashy darkness...
you twist open every farmyard hydrant.
A mourning dove, bleached bone, shrieks past.
The complete collection of Red Shuttleworth's poems from the Washington State 2015 fire season, Woe to the Land Shadowing, is available as a paperback book published by Blue Horse Press.