THE ANIMALS ARE TAKING REVENGE
Let the trees hold me upright
And the nodding deer walk ahead of me down the road.
I feel loved and calm and happy.
I have felt so loved the whole time of this trip back.
But I need pieces of time
When I’m doing nothing, not doing anything,
Spending hours of my vacation
In dark quiet rooms
Trying to rest, lying down.
My brain gets confused
Surrounded by these trees:
They sing songs in a language
That I no longer understand.
So I slept in a room
Guarded by lace.
Woke to roosters crowing crows calling
Sparrows and Flickers.
I want the purple stain of the wild blackberries
To stay forever on my skin Always
Here the wildlife takes revenge from the past
Deer, coyotes, bears and cougars
Walking through backyards in the daylight.
Breathing-in the land
That they own.