Trending »
Related »

A BULL MOOSE CIRCLES – Scott Hutchinson

on November 17 | in Poetry | by | with No Comments

A bull moose circles at the edge of my lawn and woods.
His large head tilts oddly, as if he were looking or listening
for answers as to why the wildness has greyed and grown smaller,
why he no longer hungers for green shoots or deep forest paths.
Emaciated, stumbling—I should call a conservation officer
to come destroy this poor animal. Brain worms
have infected his cerebrospinal functions. I still know
this much, recognize the symptoms. Though this morning
I awoke confused, baffled as to where I was. A woman’s face
smiled at the edge of my bed, her head tilted as if
in love, offering me toast and tea. I did not know her.
I remember warm water, finding myself beneath the rain
of a showerhead, a possessive word pressing into my cerebellum
relating to answers I do not wish to possess. There was a time
when I put boots down on the paths leading to wild ponds
and ledges hidden miles away, places of untamed spectacle.
I can no longer see them clearly. The bull moose angrily
strikes his hooves at the soft ground, looking for the enemy.
If they come to shoot him he will charge
as best he can, fearless and heart-pumping
to face off with whatever wishes to paralyze
or end his unsteady gait. His muscles
buckle involuntarily, but he pushes back
into his circling. I am tired, confused
too often, but there’s a trace of me still
that chooses old paths leading to sanctuaries
of night rest, soft depressions of leaves.
I will take an antique rifle, open and close the door,
advance upon the bull moose, we will see
what final nourishment might offer itself
to the virile fragments that can remember who we are.
 
Scott Hutchinson’s work has appeared in The Georgia Review and The Southern Review. Poems are forthcoming in Appalachian Heritage, Floyd County Moonshine, ConchoRiver Review, Louisiana Literature, The Naugatuck River Review, Red Dirt Forum,Steam Ticket and Tar River Poetry. A new book of poetry, Moonshine Narratives, is available from Main Street Rag Publishing

Pin It

Related Posts

« »

Recent Posts

News

THE SACRED GROVE –  [...]

[new_royalslider id="17"] Ana Flores is a sculptor and ecologist. Her work is informed by how place an

Safia Elhilo

2 Poems

Michele Robinson\'s Art [...]

Let Me Straddle Your Mind

X.J. Kennedy

The Crusader

Why did you leave bring m [...]

Yeah bring our electric shaver back, I bought it we shaved each others back it was important to me and

Kwame Dawes

Kwame Dawes

BEFORE YOU – Kwame  [...]

1 Yes, we were country, lived in shotgun shacks, where the road loses its way to dirt and live oaks

MENSTRUAL FLOWERS – [...]

[new_royalslider id="11"] Courtesy of the artist and Mizuma Art Gallery  

WHAT THE WOMB ISN’T [...]

         "Feminism is a socialist, anti-family, political movement that encourages women to leav

JUNOT DIAZ

Junot' Diaz and Edison, NJ

EDISON, NEW JERSEY – [...]

The first time we try to deliver the Gold Crown the lights are on in the house but no on

Rachel Eliza Griffiths [...]

Elegy & Poem

The March on Washington:  [...]

OTHER WORLD: A Conversati [...]

"We are all the other."

I OPEN A BOX

…and find inside a picture, of myself as a child, sitting on a small chair, wearing overalls and sho

Naive Paintings

Raphael Perez

CIRCLES OF THE MOON & [...]

To Alex, on turning two Some say the Ring of Brogar is the Circle of the Moon. There is n

In This Issue

March on Washington An Interview with Cheryl Evans

5 POINTZ: GRAFFITI MECCA  [...]

In a strange twist of what seemed like reverse vandalism, the Graffiti Mecca was painted over.

In This Issue

Forest Gander A Translation

In This Issue

Quassan Castro, poem Grandson to Grandmother

URBAN CANVAS: Wynwood Wal [...]

Wynwood Walls, of Miami has been called "a Museum of the Streets."

Pulaski Skyway

Low like the mean dream of Newark the sky must have seemed to its builders. Rickety now, unhinging, I

THE SPAN & OTHER POE [...]

At last, the extremes of his present methods seemed to offer the happiest avenues. The strengthening

Paul Latorre

5th Limb Poems

Joan Larkin

Poem, Knot

Gina Loring, Def Poetry [...]

Poem, Look This Way

In This Issue

Xue Du, Poem

AT THE END OF THE DREAM I [...]

A woman      in a black kimono      dyed black hair disappeared      behind a black curtain I

Marge Piercy

Poem: Behind the War On Women

Naive Paintings

Raphael Perez

Marie Miazziotti -Gillam [...]

Maria Mizzotti-Gillan

Vicky Dantel

Short Story

In This Issue

Pilar Fraile Amador poem

Quassan Castro

Poem

Lugensky Durosier [...]

Lady Haiti

In This Issue

David Trinidad

In This Issue

Landzy Theodore

In This Issue

Angelo Nikolopoulos

Scroll to top