P O E T RY Samantha DeFlitch To Lead a Pig Skyward I read a pig can’t look up. That you’ve got to gently tilt their heads back if they’re going to take in the night skies. I never led a pig skyward late at night in Pennsylvania. Earthbound is probably better. We all start getting ideas when we look up, and the pigs, they always seemed so pleased where they were, rooting in soft earth. No need to look up for God when the holy was there, beneath their trotters, cool below the autumn archer that was rising, lightly, on the eastern horizon. W INTER 2 019 • THE MIS SOURI RE V IE W 119 Late July, Willard Ave. Apt. 2 I’ve got two good hands on late summer. Got one egg in butter, one cast iron on the burner. Two sweat- glazed hands on blue countertop, one good foot on the tile—and a dog gone taken up her howling. God, those great storm- clouds are building, half-promising could-be relief. I’m straight naked in my kitchen. I’m living a whole life; the clouds are just a bonus. I’ve been shouting hallelujah in a one-bedroom attic. It’s 91
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Published: Jan 16, 2020
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