Lesson from Nature
The cat’s bones hold it up
in a field of flowers,
spinal chord a stem for a head
seeded with desire,
ears’ leaves lifting to the hum
of bees, the rise
and fall of wings, paws delicate
between stalks, awaiting
mice and voles that will come,
the serration of ribs,
foliage, jaw, giving the light an edge
with which to cut.
The artist has hand-coloured two blooms,
high and low,
an homage to each gentle corolla, but
haloed by the stripping sun,
the bowed skull remains the focal point,
Devon Balwit is a writer and teacher from Portland, OR. She has two chapbooks forthcoming--'how the blessed travel' from Maverick Duck Press and 'Forms Most Marvelous' from dancing girl press. Her recent work has found many homes, among them: Oyez, The Cincinnati Review, Red Paint Hill, Timberline Review, Sow's Ear Poetry Review, Trailhead Review, and Oracle.
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