THE FOUR CORNERS / Maura High She pulls her t-shirt straight and glances down at her breasts, my daughter: breaks through and uncurls: that swell as the earth does before a bean It's dawn in her game of crossroads, and she is lucky and resolute, east west north south, stepping out with her compass, slicker, and a bagful of crackers and candy-- past each bend, more forks and junctions, south west north east, more chances. I say nothing. What could I say to her? I could make a story for myself, maybe: say it's night and summer, winking to each other, because there are fireflies here that slip under the black trees and rise, and I'm looking up each of the four roads and see figures approaching in the moonlight. They reach me at last and merge--into the single figure of my child--she clambers all over me. 54 · The Missouri Review THE BIRD CALLED HALCYON / Maura High It is noon and I am standing in the mud Of the Athi River, watching a pied kingfisher Hover over the water. The river slides Against my calves colouring them amber. White, black and white, white and black, Again
The Missouri Review – University of Missouri
Published: Oct 5, 1986
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