land all at once in a murder
footsteps to set them to shaking.
could stand underneath the largest
in the yard, the one that
flower. A deer could gnaw the buds
and shoots. A
robin could leave his flock
the bare branches of the swamp wood,
a sedge of
herons waiting, their gut-hook heads
Even a cluster of spiders could suspend
and sway, the hunt off, their clacking
silenced, their prey darting for the shadowed
company of moles is sleeping in the earth
their burrowing held, their starred noses
smallest of day-sunken sighs.