Academic journal article The Hudson Review

Questions of Travel?

Academic journal article The Hudson Review

Questions of Travel?

Article excerpt

Where are the june bugs that hit

the screens strumming on spring evenings

years ago, and the brown creepers

that went up and down pine trunks

disguised as bark in motion?

Gone, and the whippoorwills going,

and the evening grosbeaks that used to

arrive like a flock of wind-blown

gas station pennants. The cod are

going fast, and the quail,

but when I weed-whack the path to the pond

in June, I still come upon blossoming

foxgloves, still surprised at their bells

shaped like the earpieces of wall phones

seen only in old movies now.

From one spring to the next they are never

where I expect them, as though they have

powers. Science can explain it as the scatter

of a few million seeds from each

short-lived plant, and the requisite acidic soil. …

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