Animal Caution

By Chase Twichell b. 1950 Chase Twichell
Whenever I touch the cairn
marking the summit
of one of my parents,
touch the top stone,
an animal caution comes over me,
sinew and muscle like the brook’s,
a sudden shivering
green-brown flame.
Soon they will be constellations,
and I a small tower of stones.

Chase Twichell, "Animal Caution" from Dog Language (Copper Canyon Press, 2005). www.coppercanyonpress.org

Source: Poetry (January 2005).

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Poet Chase Twichell b. 1950

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

Subjects Nature, Landscapes & Pastorals