Two Poems

Before Migration

Along the street I watched
them burn plastics.
Farms, often as not,
stretching back throats
to the mountain.
Surely the smoke will
gag me, sleep me,
blur thought of these 
three-legged dogs,
these oxen pale sea-things
deprived of despair
and dream, sucked into lungs
of the unyielding.
I jog past, stranger,
wake with another’s face.
Profile of mountain,
cough up blue dust.


One-sided Moss 

Hunted, these trees draw their arms together
to hide me, I who am old enough
to inhabit the invisible,
to slip through a hole in one trunk and emerge 
on the other side of some strange world. 
These roots rouse silver in me, 
chest pulsing as I outrun memory, lapse
on the border of beginning.
This owl here has known me a time or two.
I have never gone back 
on the language I promised.
Never bared newborn teeth
stripped from a hulk and splayed on a string,
left my body behind to swing
from a branch this side of dawn,
thigh-high fungi threading me through.

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