Boy's Stuff

The prairie in late winter,
when shoots break the earth
and grasses show signs of green,
through ten-year-old eyes,
the important things:
Fungus terracing fallen trees,
and lichens crusting
the softening ground
and moist rock faces.
The scat of an owl
littered with bones.
Entrails left by a coyote.
Nearby a heap of turkey feathers,
bronze and iridescent,
radiant in the morning sun.

 
 Dennis Collier

Dennis Collier

Dennis Collier of Madison is a former newspaper reporter and editor, and retired fiscal policy analyst, who returned to writing poetry after an absence of too many years.