Ben Seidelman CC
Again last night, barely audible,
those old rumors of mercy
drifted down from the north,
mentioned by the wind in passing--
under its breath,
almost as if embarrassed.
Denied by owls—officially.
Mocked by coyotes
in the winter fields behind our house.
A fool’s solace. Maybe.
Confirmed only by feral cats
that live by faith,
showing up on the porch at sunrise,
never doubting that I’ll have mercy
and feed them.
Don Thompson has been writing about the San Joaquin Valley for over fifty years, including a dozen or so books and chapbooks. Retired from teaching in a prison, he lives with his wife, Chris, on her family’s fourth generation farm near Buttonwillow. For more info and links to publishers, visit his website at www.don-e-thompson.com.
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