Blackbirdan online journal of literature and the artsSpring 2018  Vol. 17 No. 1
an online journal of literature and the arts
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Landscape with Deer, Mites, and Aircraft

Because the Lord loved beauty
more even than obedience he made
the mite. Seen under microscope
the mite becomes a pageant queen,
its shell a slick and dazzling array
of pattern and color. Seen this close
everything becomes a body,
the convex lens revealing order
even in the bedbugs, even in despised
yellow jackets and forgotten mayflies.
From a plane once at descent
I saw a herd of deer in snow
gnawing bark. I was hungry like that,
shucking my own skin, like elks
in velvet, rubbing the bloodied skin
from their own horns.