The DMQ Review

Steven Rood 2003 All Rights Reserved

The Way of Things

If in the evening a rabbit screams,
the coyote moonlight shifting coyly
through leaf clutter,
shattering in the frost prism of a cobweb,
is no less lovely than before.

And if in the night a dove coos,
fingerlings of starlight darting slyly
through calm shallows,
resting at last in deep still pools,
are no less cold than before.

And if in the morning a woman sings
to the salamander sun rising steadily
through fogdown blankets,
burning away the promises of the night,
she is no less wise than before.


Julie Lewis
Copyright 2004

Julie Lewis is an instructor at Glendale Community College in Arizona. Her writing has been published in The Formalist, Reed Magazine, and Shadow Boxing: Art and Craft in Creative Nonfiction. She is currently working on a book length collection of poetry.


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