harder green

Prairie Fire - - TABLE OF CONTENTS - CLARISE FOS­TER

hours a small shed & dogs mean­ing

light would break if it was brick or stucco

or the harder green of lever­age

this a woman whose cracks are vis­i­ble

& her voice a silo—she lives in the shal­lows

the river sleep­ing at her door

af­ter­noon a shadow bent at the tree’s beckon

shade melted, heat ajar—this is the bowl

this is in situ—it is vo­ca­tion

there is a small bird at the sky’s wrist

the stain of it—the dark of it

spreads

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