Thursday, April 9, 2009

Desert Tale


Whew! I'm trying to keep up with this National Poetry Month poem-a-day regime, but it's not as easy as it looks.

Desert Tale

A stone rings with heat in the desert. A
lizard answers the stone, speaking in tongue.
On the other end of the line is the Sun.
After ringing off, the lizard does push-ups,
then runs away to tell other reptiles
all the hot gossip. After sundown,

a coyote lopes out of a gulch, uses
the same stone, which is still warm,
to call the Moon, which wishes all
the mammals well, predator and prey
alike. After talking with the Moon,
the coyote yip-yips contentedly
across cooling sand.

Copyright 2009 Hans Ostrom
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