The raccoon in the good-enough woods
knows when to expect you.
The geese don’t look down
from diagramming the sky.
Suddenly the boy is scared of coyotes,
worried for his cartoon animal friends.
Your body is wired through the air to his body.
Like a sharpshooter who knows to pull the trigger
between heartbeats, you can test-run
the system in your mind. There is
a blankness shame will fill but for now
there is only one way to feel: afraid.
Copyright © 2013 Lisa Olstein
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on behalf of Copper Canyon Press.