Song of the Tick

In my end is my beginning.
— T.S. Eliot

sleep 
  you
as
   work
you
   while
walk
   you
while
   game
this
   win
i’ll
   vain
in
   micks
gim-
   all

feet
   to
head
   from
lent
   pel-
re-
   woods
deep-
   spray
socks
   to
in-
   pants
tuck
   shirt
up
   ton
but-

   creep
ly
   steadi-
i
   proof
deet-
   and
bent
   blood-
i’m
   tricks
of
   host
a
   with
me
   thwart
to
   try

ease
dis-
with
fect
in-
to
gorge
en-
to
bed
em-
to
sleeve
your
up
pants
your
up
climb
i
lent
si-


Cory A. Masiak, Wauwatosa, worked for many years as a proposal writer and editor at Alverno College. She is currently working on a conservation easement on the family farm, in Manitowoc County. Interests are wide-ranging: birding, botanizing, hiking; books, music, art and architecture.