Natural Laws


This speech is still green and you can listen slowly.
A police car glides to a stop in front of your house and waits.
Certain sighs are truly criminal.
Altruism gives you what you can’t take and donates you anonymously to your
failures, who thank you with theirs, modified to fit your pretensions.

You can’t do that now. It’s a law.

Deep in the fresh body, a metaphor so cold the flowering of a knife could not
pierce it. It cannot be cheapened with human terms. Endearments only taunt such saints.
It remains clothed. It seems to want to speak.

You may go now, or you may stay. It’s a rule.

There was light all over the light. And out of the light’s dreaming came the breast
feathering. Out of animals rising from the earth, out of the torn cry in its throat, came the
beast unnamed and enamored of its own stink.
Let this creation, with its own claw, choke the life.
But will you let the children, radiant with war games, worship the tawny rise of a
wing hawking air?

Came the bird de-beasting, came release sudden as a drum . . .

But nothing has happened, and it’s happening here where you finally know
someone well enough to let your body do all the talking, a simple story of a red dog and a
yellow dog.

Let the end begin, let the moon wink in the crow’s dream, let the crippled fork
gawk at the matronly fussing of fat robins on the lawn.
You can see it’s a sophisticated place, Buster. O it was a fine thing to behold, the
past sleek in its wrap, dancing to the needle of the ice farm some stuttered dog with a bad
ear preserved for us, cranked and swooning on several iced verandas at once across the
lost whale of moonlight.
The answer held our attention by deciding all night not to make a sound.

And after the wind it was time to start over. With a yellow dog and a red dog.
With a little blue shovel and a bowl of water.

Rich Ives is the author of Tunneling to the Moon: A Psychological Gardener’s Book of Days currently being published in serial @ Silenced Press everyday in 2014 and forthcoming in paperback. Begin from the beginning, catch up, read daily. Just refer to the Burrow Guide.