Saturday, August 1, 2015

"Meadowlarks and Hawks" by Joseph Stroud

A farm road
in the San Joaquin
heading into the red dirt
of the gold country
miles and miles
of fencerows
with meadowlarks
singing on the wires
the song of one
entering the song
of another
all down the road
window open
I hear song
into song
the road continuing
as far as I can see
and every mile or so
on top
of a telephone pole
a red-tailed hawk
shoulders hunched
turning his slow
iron gaze
over all he claims
of the singing world

"Meadowlarks and Hawks" by Joseph Stroud from Of This World. © Copper Canyon Press, 2009.

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