Four Days in the Country


We went without mother and wife,
And we missed her at night, alone in our cabin
With a local cat for company.

We saw a big-eared deer
By the side of the road, and felt the dry heat
Full of smells from the field.

Our favourite trail was closed, due to slippage
On the back side of the hill.

So we spent our time by the river,
Chasing grasshoppers to photograph
Their yellow wings laced with black.

Crossing a summer footbridge,
We climbed the opposite bank
And hiked under the redwood canopy.

Neglecting to bring insect repellent,
We were bitten by mosquitoes many times.

On our way home, we stopped to mail
A carved wooden bear to a family friend
Who recently lost her father.

She likes bears, and we wanted her to know
We were thinking of her.


©2016 Michael Fraley




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