Pastoral

Herd of Brangus,
horns like speckled
whalebone,
fat-swollen
dewlaps
heavy
as fruitbread.

In the Verbena, the Bees

are auxiliary verbs again:
am, is,
are, was,
were, be,
being, been.

On Last Lines

The last line should strike like a lover’s      complaint.
You should never see it coming.
And you should never hear the end of it.

Wherever I was

There were sticks in my hands.
The sticks were taken away.
There were
two horses and one was red.

Divorce

The ball is gone.
Now only the clinking
of the dragged chain with every step.

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