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Issue 20, Poesía, Featured | February 2017

     

On Martin Luther King Day, Four Days Before the Inauguration

In New Mexico, northern saw-whets are not a common sight,
but just now, I see one,

huddled in sleep, tucked close to the trunk on a snowy pinon bough.
It startles awake as I cross the yard to the compost heap,

blinks its golden cat eyes three times, and doesn’t fly away.
The carcass of a half-eaten mouse hangs gutted and long

from the branch at the saw-whet’s side, fastened to the tree by its frozen feet.
On Martin Luther King Day, Four Days Before the Inauguration