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here

dead in the pale

a tract allowed to rest

fallow

yellow and dry

at peace

for this year

from the harvester

the forager

the scavenger


there

a sign of life

in the dusk

running

straight-line

under a dust-hung veil

scuttling the earth

in the wide-open space

unprotected

in flight


nearby

a second puff

more dust lifted

at speed

another line

almost parallel to the first

a few degrees off

promising convergence

just before the haven

of a neighbouring coppice


the vectors meet –

a thunderhead of grit

hanging over the intersection

movement and momentum transformed

into a fur and tooth and claw

singularity


* * *


one slinks into the thicket

brushing the dirt from its face


the other drains into the parchedness

a stain fading into the darkening field

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R L Raymond

Author Bio: An Imagist, R L Raymond tells stories through fiction, poetry, and photography. He earned his Master of Arts in English Literature from the University of Western Ontario and has been published in Canada, the United States, Australia, and Europe. It is important to note that he doesn’t drink pop or soda. Please visit www.RLRaymond.com for more information.

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