Contents


Forest Fire

Goldfinches Near Cooper Marsh

Beer and Rock Bass

Bullfrogs

The Creek Behind My House

The Game

Whitetail

En Route à Montréal/The Flowering Crab

Siamese Fighting Fish/Distant Carp

In Open Air

First Unmelting Flake

Snared

Remembered Moose


About the Poet

Acknowledgements

Chapbook Home

Friday Circle Home

Near Cooper Marsh

by Jesse P. Ferguson




Forest Fire


No chemical retardant
could ever extinguish
that forest fire
atop her head,
the carrot-coloured floss
of flame that singes
my curious eyes, gnawing
with blazing jaw
into the aged and dried logs
of her sorrow.

And watching her with the darting
black eyes of a whitetail,
I blindly obey the instinct
that lies like old guilt in my gut,
commanding me to flee
any heat I can’t comprehend.






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Copyright © 2006 by Jesse P. Ferguson
Electronic edition, 2006. ISBN 1-896362-40-0
Print edition forthcoming. ISBN 1-896362-41-9