Be a tad curious, see what's to see
lurking beneath the brush amid wild
environs of leaf, stone, and water,
the habitat of denizens above and below
ground, its intricate score harmonizing
chirps and tweets with snorts and howls,
imbuing sublime wonder and fear alike.
Here the boar roam through tall grasses,
grunting at upright comers;
there a hart darts through hills,
leaping with admirable élan
even as piebald horses gallop the plain,
gouging out divots in their wake.
The pawky vixen stalks a gosling
by the lakelet, its sheen reflecting
midday's brilliance; blissfully oblivious,
postprandial heifers casually discharge dollops
while vulturine overseers survey from heights,
riding air currents with predatory expertness.
Their plumes rippling surfaces artfully,
black swans glide with grace and elegance,
diverting trout and bass and caressing
with webbed feet the dorsal carapaces of turtlets.
Slithering along the overhanging bough,
an ophidian neighbor extrudes a forked tongue,
testing the breeze for alluring scents.
Along trails bipedal footsteps proceed,
unsettling woodchips and gravel, bypassing
concupiscent canines engaged in anilingus;
in mountain caverns ahead, wolves
slumber till dusk then surreptitiously prowl
for tarrying hares and unsuspecting groundhogs.
Nature's ensemble varies per degrees
of light and darkness,
ever staging the tensions and teamwork
characteristic of life's gyre, a precarious saga
arrayed before valorous observers.
Photos by Author
Brandon Marlon is a writer from Ottawa, Canada. He received his B.A. in Drama and English from the University of Toronto and his M.A. in English from the University of Victoria. His poetry was awarded the Harry Hoyt Lacey Prize in Poetry (Fall 2015), and his writing has been published in 165+ publications in twenty-three countries.