Poets Walk: "mock/ growl, leap"
Location on Poets Walk Map: 63
Biopsy by Patricia Roth Schwartz
After three leaden turns of no-sun, it comes:
one call splits the rest of your life off
from the whole like a calf from a glacier. Even
so the kitchen’s full of light and the scent
of vanilla and apple. The dog’s dancing at
the door ahead of her walk down the neighboring
road where she’s got a friend, another dog whose
name you don’t know. Along the ditch at the cornfield’s
sere edge, where silver-bellied birds gorge on fallen
stalks, you watch the two of them mock/ growl, leap,
play/ fight, frolic, as if there were no before or after.
Patricia Roth Schwartz,"Biopsy" from Le Mot Juste (2009). Reprinted by permission of the author.