A long time ago I sent a short prose piece about a man who encounters an owl in the woods to a then-new journal called "The Dawntreader." It was an excerpt really, an out-take from a draft of a novel... I sent it to this magazine because it was seeking work on "landscape, myth, nature, legend, spirituality and love / concern for the environment." Well, I thought, I'm all for that.
A year ago I came across a mention of the journal, and its publisher Indigo Dreams, on a list of publications and saw that the journal was still interested in publishing nature poems. Well, I thought, I have some of those.
"The Dawntreader" published one of my poems in July and now, in its latest issue, it has published another poem. This one is titled "Deer Uprising."
Because the journal publishes on paper, but not online, I cannot include a link to the poem here. Instead, I am posting it on this blog.
From the weedland of the fence line brush
where she has waited,
how many hours?
without betrayal to human eyes,
she flows across a strip of ground-tight wintry grass
-- exposed for mere heartbeats
during which non-predatory eyes,
the world's voyeur, happen to be staring,
(this of all moments!) --
to the old wire fence
belonging, we suspect,
to the sheep farmer neighbor,
leaps over, as if lifted by the nimble strings
of the Showman Behind the Scenes,
all laws of gravity suspended for this signature performance
-- a weightless flight that lingers in the eye --
lands, already streaming, bounding, sky-walking --
the eye cannot follow --
across the winter-dried yellow-grass,
a tone just lighter than fawn,
of that sheep-less field,
becoming one with the unpeopled land,
the weathered grass, product of countless generations,
leaves of flesh, and fleshly leavings,
as which of us shall not?
P.S. Here is some of what The Dawntreader has to say about itself (quoted from the publisher's website:
All submissions should follow The Dawntreader theme of the mystic,
landscape, myth, nature, legend, spirituality and love / concern for the
environment. Poetry / Prose / Articles / Legend welcomed...
Submissions should preferably be made by email using
typeface as above to avoid distortion. Short comments on previous
issue contents are very welcome.
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