May/June 2022 • Vol. XLIV No. 3 Nature’s Nature |

The Proper Application of First Aid in the Wild

Trouble the wound to heal itself. Trouble the earth, the river, this starry night bleeding with animal eyes. Trouble the trees to not shed their leaves before fall, to fall only from age and not the tractor, chain, and backhoe. Trouble time to smooth over scars, for scars to act as warnings, and warnings to sing. Sing to suppress pain. Sing to embrace it. Sing to ease the trouble out of old bones. Trouble the song to lead the wanderer home.

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Grant Clauser is the author of five books, including Muddy Dragon on the Road to Heaven (winner of the Codhill Press Poetry Award) and Reckless Constellations (winner of the Cider Press Review Book Award). Poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, The Journal, Southern Poetry Review, Rattle, Tar River Poetry, and others. He works as an editor and teaches at Rosemont College.

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