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Daylight, muscle rippling

by Mary Buchinger

                               sun into sky, buffed and bullnecked, bale of yellow straw twine-tied, ends chopped neat as whiskey no ice, burrowing creatures trapped inside up against the many thin minutes, oh, pile the hours on a long-tongued wagon, mind the hitch, stack them high and pack in tight, knit each to each to sway as one along the rut of a short road home where barn cats wait with claws of night as mice and voles escape their bale, gangs of shadows grow blue and bluer, hour by hour as you ride your wagon, blood jet, standing tall, legs wide, balanced on old wooden planks bowed with the weight of a strong-hearted day.


Mary Buchinger is the author of Aerialist (Gold Wake, 2015) and Roomful of Sparrows (Finishing Line, 2008). Her poems have appeared in DIAGRAM, Nimrod, PANK, Salamander, The Cortland Review, The Massachusetts Review, and elsewhere. She is associate professor of English and Communication Studies at MCPHS University in Boston.

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