The poem “From the Marathon” from the reading on 05/04/14.
This piece is part of a larger work titled “Marathon Through Open Fields”.
I awoke running through snowy fields,
the bison lumbering with frozen noses and hanging breath
the autumn wheat dusted with snow,
weighed down from ice pellets
they do not budge when I run past.
The marathon continues
down a path I do not know
I have never been here before.
My legs burn. I stop for a moment
near the river’s edge with ice along
the bank, reeds are frozen in time.
Even a breeze upon my chilled face,
does not move them. Near the horizon
over the willow trees reach, ravens
are suspended in mid-flight.
Not a whisper.