an Israeli and
walk into a bar
September. Court is in session again,
a darkness on the edge of our town.
Winthrop’s vultures have returned
to their perches in the forked snag.
On a hillside above Twin Lakes Road
a hand-painted sign beside a rugged cross
reads, “In loving memory of Josh and Rachel—
you will be in our hearts always.”
In the family of gateway towns
north of Yellowstone National Park
Whitehall rightly self-identifies
as the neglected youngest brother.
The bearded seal suns on a floe
while a polar bear stalks it nearby
Biologists say it can smell its prey
up to twenty miles distant
of the male.” ~Aristotle
What sleight of manguage
did not morph cow to fe-bull,
Antartificial speech is not compiled
as is programmed computer code;
granted, it does have a grammar,
but it is not, as a rule, rigorous—
nor enforced at the time the words
intended for end users are composed.
The morning of February 20
a pair of eagles took flight
from a nearby Ponderosa past
the windows of Ann Henry’s home
and with them she also passed.
Survivors include daughter Cindy.