Fugitive

Don’t take the corduroy, minstrel,
it will jostle your feathers
There are marsh places
which will hide flying thoughts
keep them still

unless you mean to avoid the intrigue of mud-cling…
the skunk cabbage
…rotten in Denmark
duck potato
…stolen by the beaver
vegetable pitchers
…slaughterhouses
milfoil combs
…spiraling in their vanity
mosses and morels
…sponges at the bar

Go where the others hide—
to the cities of interesting
found within upturned trees

-A.J.M.

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