POETRY

She Is

By

a small wolf eating a caul

a girl holding the leg
of a broken doll

a true egg
fertilized by a swan

warm gold in the water
but a cold dawn

after the slaughter

a hurt tune
lying still in a dark room

a knapsack crammed with words
unpacked

repacked
like a deck of cards

a sine curve
in a line of thought

all nerve
uncaught

David Mason’s books of poems include The Buried Houses, The Country I Remember, and Arrivals. His verse novel, Ludlow, was also featured on the PBS News Hour. Author of a collection of essays, The Poetry of Life and the Life of Poetry, he published a memoir, News from the Village, in 2010. A new collection of essays, Two Minds of a Western Poet, followed in 2011. Mason has also written the libretti for composer Lori Laitman’s opera of The Scarlet Letter, her operatic adaptation of Ludlow, and her oratorio, Vedem. In addition, he has edited or co-edited several anthologies and textbooks. He serves as Poet Laureate of Colorado from 2010 to 2014.

a small wolf eating a caul

a girl holding the leg
of a broken doll

a true egg
fertilized by a swan