The stagnant pond convulses with larvae
as dragonflies practice contact guarding,
sunken leaves color the water like blood.
I wear the green helmet of a wood duck
avoiding the dogs and hunters.
Vines and grasses begin their succession
as roots deprive the ground of moisture,
orioles sing in the willows in my wrist
opened by blade for the skies to thrive.
--John Swain lives in Louisville, Kentucky. His chapbooks, Prominences and Sinking of the Cloth appeared from Flutter Press and Set Apart Before the World Was Made appeared from Calliope Nerve Media. Full of Crow published his ebook, The Feathered Masks and a forthcoming chapbook, Burnt Palmistry.