Monday, August 17, 2015

Wildfire Smoke/Haze... Sky Smudges




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.






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