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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & General Editor
Volume 9, Number 1, March 2015

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Michael G. Smith
Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA


Palliative

Hiking a trail switchbacking the east-facing slope late one afternoon, the sun having fallen over the ridge, we learn who eats whom and what becomes something else. Owl pellets—vole fur, ribs, vertebra thick as #2 lead. Wet, charcoal-black scat—a cougar stole by recently. I turn and turn my head.

feet gone cold
and yet
a new moon


Author's Note:

This haibun is based on the author's field notes taken during a collaborative artist residency with visual artist Laura Young at Shotpouch Cabin in the Oregon Coast Range. With gratitude to the Spring Creek Project and Oregon State University.

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