Old Woman Nature

naturally has a bag of bones
                tucked away somewhere.
                a whole room full of bones!
A scattering of hair and cartilage
               bits in the woods.
A fox scat with hair and a tooth in it.
               a shellmound
                      a bone flake in a streambank.
A purring cat, crunching
               the mouse head first,
                       eating on down toward the tail–
The sweet old woman
               calmly gathering firewood in the
               moon . . .
Don’t be shocked,
She’s heating you some soup.

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