AFTER MY FATHER ????/Kerry Hardie The sky didn't fall. It stayed up there, luminous, tattered with crows, all through January's short days, February's short days. Now the year creeps toward March. Damp days, grass springing. The poplars' bare branches are fruited with starlings and thrushes. The world is the body of God. And we-- you, me, him, the starlings and thrusheswe are aU buried here, mouths made of clay, mouths fiUed with clay, we are all buried here, singing. 56 · The Missouri Review TENT/Kerry Hardie He set up the tent before he went trekking in Georgia, slept there a couple of times, just practicing, The first three nights I looked out from the window at the small red dome in the orchard under the trees, then I went to bed in our bed. then off he went. It was August. I was here alone. The fourth saw me in pyjamas carrying a sleeping bag down, crawling in. I lay on my belly, looking out at the apple trees, heavy with dusk and unripe fruit and the house, away off at the top of the garden, black against the half-dark summer sky. In the night the rain came,
The Missouri Review – University of Missouri
Published: Oct 5, 2002
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