Resident

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Resident

 

Like a fistful of twigs, 

or a groundskeeper,

 

the porcupine’s tail tends to 

each track

sweeping the gravel 

into a braided shape

like a stream, 

carving among silt and bank

 

here and there

dotted

with a claw scrawled print 

 

as if to show

or remind

 

those who 

dismiss this passage

or deem it invisible

 

that here, every one of us 

who sets down our track

is home

 

our print,

undeniable

 

unique,

like a ripple

or a branch

 

not a smudge to wipe

away

but a life

belonging

 

to the press of

meeting

this tender ground.

2 thoughts on “Resident

  1. One face full of quills and 3 dead porcupines on the Bramante-tongue estate in the last week. I am hoping to dissuade residence.

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