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Wally Swist – The Owl

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I am awakened
By cries that do not stop.
They say, Come, see if you can find me–
Half the meadow in moonlight,
The other half shadowed by white pine.
A pair of eyes fly up and dance,
Owl eyes that hold the moon.

Wally Swist
May-June 2006 Earth First!


Wally Swist – Coyotes

Two a.m., howling begins
on the edge of one of the farms left

in this valley, near the wetland
a developer has mown.

Such pure sound pierces the night,
this bloodletting beneath Orion,

this ghostly choir of thin cries
that tremble like Shawmut and Massasoit

come back to haunt us.
Then the baying of one hound

sets another hound baying
from the far rim of the opposite ridge.

Porch lights flicker
on the water of this delirious music,

and the wild pack in each of us
rises into song.

Wally Swist
July-August 2006 Earth First!


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