living on the mountain*

July 26, 2015

living on the mountain by Luther Allen
2015 Merit Award
By Luther Allen

living on the mountain

i can’t even begin
to keep up with the slugs
nor minister
to more than a few
of the grotesque leaves
of the big-leaf maple
in the fall

and i remain mystified
about the survival of the blacktail
and coyote and cougar
during the cold endless rain
and sopping long nights of winter

the black bears
i am sure
winter-sleep down at the casino
waking occasionally
to gorge on fried chicken
and that expensive craft beer
play a few hands of black jack
warm and dry, grinning
. . . . .
*Copyright 2015 by Luther Allen. Broadside illustrated by Mat Hudson.


One Response to “living on the mountain*”

  1. Sandra F. Lucke Says:

    Luther, enjoyed your poem…making the bears humanized,
    HA !

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