Spring 1963 • Vol. XXV No. 2 Poetry |

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Frederick Bock STOCK Whom he muzzled-Grandpa-before her, Honored with invitations to his den, Hand on elktooth, hat in hand, I could imagine without the family-wise Hazy fugacities, pious exclamations: Forest jokers who fed him divine dog, River beauties with gifts of otterskins, And daughters of the plains-their own reward. But that winter in the mountains with her brother Stays mystery, runs me deep into snows Inspired apparently by only her daguerreotype. I look at it, stained by the Platte, and, imagining How quickly he dived and saved it on the way back And how often drowned it in his beard along the way As flowers sprang up before him from the bison's track, Go into the house again and fetch the Bible. And though the pressed flower immediately falls apart- That 0 from its throne in the bison's path My grandfather stole for his heart And yellow integument of years to come- And even my grandson name in his burly hand Seeding the old book makes it somehow feel Like the dead weigh

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