Mark Wunderlich


Difficult Body


A story: There was a cow in the road, struck by a semi--
half-moon of carcass and jutting legs, eyes
already milky with dust and snow, rolled upward

as if tired of this world tilted on its side.
We drove through the pink light of the police cruiser,
her broken flank blowing steam in the air.

Minutes later, a deer sprang onto the road
and we hit her, crushed her pelvis--the drama reversed,
first consequence, then action--but the doe,

not dead, pulled herself with front legs
into the ditch. My father went to her, stunned her
with a tire iron before cutting her throat, and today I think

of the body of St. Francis in the Arizona desert,
carved from wood and laid in his casket,
lovingly dressed in red and white satin

covered in petitions--medals, locks of hair,
photos of infants, his head lifted and stroked,
the grain of his brow kissed by the penitent.

O wooden saint, dry body. I will not be like you,
carapace. A chalky shell scooped of its life.
I will leave less than this behind me.

Submitted: Monday, January 20, 2003

Form:


Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read poems about / on: pink, today, snow, father, hair, moon, red, light, world, life, kiss, spring

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Difficult Body by Mark Wunderlich )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  2. A Man's a Man for A' That, Robert Burns
  3. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  4. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  5. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost
  6. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  7. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  8. O Captain! My Captain!, Walt Whitman
  9. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost
  10. As I Grew Older, Langston Hughes

Poem of the Day

poet Christopher Marlowe

It lies not in our power to love or hate,
For will in us is overruled by fate.
When two are stripped, long ere the course begin,
We wish that one should love, the other win;

...... Read complete »

   

Member Poem

New Poems

  1. Unchanging To Exchange Blame, Lawrence S. Pertillar
  2. Have Fun! Why Not?, Lawrence S. Pertillar
  3. Respecting Ideas, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  4. where you belong..., veeraiyah subbulakshmi
  5. Our Divine Differences, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  6. Sense Of Being Directionless, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  7. Desert, Nalini Jyotsana Chaturvedi
  8. Living on, The Princess is
  9. Gesture Of Tiredness, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  10. at home..., veeraiyah subbulakshmi
[Hata Bildir]