corn dog

rows of corn

credit – syngenta


Early July, her tail waves
            above stalks
of late-planted corn

as she prowls the rows
            on the trail
of raccoon or hare

the corn parting
            like so many waves
on the sea as she speeds

thundering along the hard
            packed ground
paws ringing like hooves.

Late July the corn
            has caught on
that it needs to catch up;

her tail no longer visible
            nor her moving a sway,
she is swallowed whole.


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