Spring 1998 • Vol. XX No. 2 PoetryApril 1, 1998 |

Hail

Begonias and impatiens:            snapped. The hostas: shredded.      Oak leaves crumpled on flat grass. Caladiums: stripped to red stems,                two limp pink pennants dangling from crimped stems, and three birds hammered from the sky              or from a limb. Who knows?       But hammered dead on my front yard. Two blue jays and                 a sparrow. Breathe,     I tell myself.           Death             is its own season, out of sequence, lapping, overlapping               ---wham!---and the cold white stones seep into pounded grass. Breathe. Smell        the freshly broken world.                   I love that smell.

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Andrew Hudgins teaches at Ohio State University. His most recent book is American Rendering: New and Selected Poems. In June, Simon and Schuster will publish The Joker: A Memoir and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will publish A Clown at Midnight.

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