Winter 1985 • Vol. VII No. 1 PoetryJanuary 1, 1985 |

Pregnant

Think of the verbs by which they go: waddle, lumber, loll, shudder, slide, shuffle, wander—as if theirs is the aimless pulsing of summer-shallowed streams through the mountain's sunless crowd of spruce where the snake on his rock lies peeling into a new self, through the hot, open meadows holding many cows that sway widemouthed, rank, expectant.   Once, in a grassy place, below the tall watch of needling pine, I laid my stained hand on you most casually, and light as I could bear to be. Oh, all particulars fall back to me now: the humped, slight rippling I saw on a far hill, wheat or weeds, a green shiver of wind, something a man lost in the world may summon in himself if a far-gone girl bumps near   just at dusk's edge when the groan of age is heavy upon him. There was no dark yet with us and one pool shuddered with the late day-flame, giving birth to stones like small faces of hope. Shoeless, you slipped in there, skirt drawn up thighs white as noon-leached mists

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