Summer/Fall 1997 • Vol. XIX No. 3/4 Poetry |

Rural Weather

The sun shaking open the pink and yellow sky— lakes showing their early fires—has grown taciturn and withdrawn in  Arkansas, where a tornado, deeply out of its own depths, stirs. That is now, and I am at my window a spring morning imagining "later on" and "then" and "after that." My cat, delicate Satan, walks from the garden with a vole dangling from his mouth and lays it by  the back steps. If I praise him, he will eat it. Or it will be left to rot. And the young murderers on last night's news went like angry angels through their parents' house (they could not bear  them any longer), as if to mock the eternal Coming. No spirit seek rest here; the new squall soughs down the hillside. Somewhere is it brighter, unpromised, unwritten? … clouds leaning their swan necks in sky and lake water, light brimming  after rain in apple petals … ?

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Carol Frost has published eleven books of poems, most recently Honeycomb, which won the 2010 Florida Book Award. Trilogy is forthcoming in 2014 from Tupelo Press. She is the Theodore Bruce and Barbara Lawrence Alfond Professor of English at Rollins College.

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