Phillip B. Williams The Field poetr y The battered field is hateful without remorse, is as seductive as what is familiar: a wild horse who long ceased being horse, had become beauty itself failing as the field has failed or someone has failed the field with overuse, the gray soil too sparse, its blond grass in tight nubs and stiff as scimitars that jut from the earth declarations of war. The barrenness cannot feed the hares who feed the foxes who feed the bloodlust of men. There is a dead dogwood stunted in its naked reach. A storm rolls over the jagged boughs that rake the soft belly of the blackened air until lightning clarifies its scars. Scimitars could scar a belly with their sharpness, with their curves like a gleaming succubus sliding on each nerve's nylon until the harp is undone. Or the harp is played to the tune wind makes undressing in an arid field. This is love if someone says so. A man weeps to soft music in his house though nothing can hear him outside his window, his mouth like a ripple in a pond after a frog leaps out then leaps back in,
The Missouri Review – University of Missouri
Published: Apr 20, 2016
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