owl hang-gliding in suspended flight,
arrowheaded fox in mock attack
a northern pike
pinking shears are open for a fight
never comes, a lynx's ears pinned back
some decisive strike. . . .
dove is ever featured in a heap,
walleye belly up. This art contrives,
the eyes are glass,
reawaken from their real sleep
ferocity when the falcon dives,
in the largemouth bass,
overlooks their fixed, affected stare.
more organic form would represent
animal at all,
lifetime having melted into air,
in a fairer attitude present
The Silent Partner, Story Line Press,
1994. Reprinted by permission of the author
and Story Line
Press, Ashland, Oregon.