MEHope lives in Klamath County, OR, with a husband, two teens, five cats, two dogs and a short list of contrary attitudes. She is MFA free and supports Obama for President.
Squeezed between rock and earth and root
marmots, (five months of fat
padding our bones) seep
into sleep like old secrets.
We dream of sun and shoot and bud
dream the hawk over other hills
dream eagles after geese; rolled in
each others armpits, noses cozy with fur.
Mole and vole and squirrel scoot
our periphery, using what heat we waste.
Their haste to bring winter’s end
doesn’t disturb; there’s four more
months to snooze. I roll into my neighbor,
scratch an ear, still in dream;
I will wake in spring a smaller shadow.
Three paint horses
in the stubble field
the canyon’s curve
new snow can’t mute
the crow’s call
the sky here holds
twice as many stars
as are seen through
so many, they seem to drown you.