Winter 1990 • Vol. XII No. 1 PoetryJanuary 1, 1990 |

The Green Well

June. 5 a.m. Before the sun retakes its dips and humps, light rims the field with an aura. Gnats form an ectoplasmic cloud over the bruised bathtub, over the salt lick hollowed out by tongues, like medieval stairs petitioners' feet have worn, looking for truth. I hold truth in a Nine Lives can twice weekly for the cats, whose paws explore the lips and sills of stalls so deftly that they never need encounter the grounded dogs. Today a newly dead red squirrel hugs the top of the feed bin, recompense exact. Thanks, Abra. Thank you, Cadabra, for doing God's work—fledglings, field mice, shrews, moles, baby rabbits—else why would He have made so many? I bury what I deplore in the manure pile, deep in that warm brown digester to be flung next fall on the meadow, then let myself down rung by rung into the green well of losses, a kitchen midden where the newly dead layer by layer overtake the long and longer vanished. Gone now to tankage my first saved starveling m

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