knocked the earth out of me,
thick clods, mud worn,
blood listing from the Bodhi tree,
so I took the bones and planted them
in the grass filled yard of leaf and wind
near the place where breathing comes easy.
Michael H. Brownstein is the English specialist at Lincoln University, Jefferson City, MO. During a camping trip in Kentucky, Michael woke to find a rattlesnake in his sleeping bag. He didn’t sleep at all that night. In the morning, the snake slid over his upper body and went back into the woods.