REPRIEVE
Before the insects start to grind their million bodies,

before impulse scatters the deer into the trees,

before desire:

there’s a rest.

The dawn and the day observe each other.
The herd begins to move over the field, one shared dream

of grass and wind.
The small stones of their hooves in the stoney field.

I’ve exhausted my cruelty.

I’ve arrived at myself again.

The sun builds a slow house inside my house,

touching the stilled curtains, the bottoms of cups

left out on the table.


Jenny George

Mark