Tuesday, September 12, 2023

Tuesday poem #545 : Trisia Eddy Woods : july


wildness is fierce and audacious in the foothills. the further up the mountain,
the more deeply the essence of the undomesticated horse is embedded. it rolls

around inside their barrels, fills their heads with an intoxicating current

that makes their manes curl and their tails flag. they are a perpetual storm.

follow the streams downhill towards the east, however, and that current collides

with large swaths of grazing cattle left to roam the free leases.

in late spring they are let loose to ruminate on the prairie grasses just beginning
to sprout. come high summer, a drive along the trunk road is like a stroll

through a steamy bath house cows heavy with heat meander along the ditches

and ignore the calves who frolic out into oncoming trucks. chewing and chewing

while they wallow in pools of shade, chewing and chewing while tuning out

the incessant buzz of black flies and mosquitoes. shallow creeks with fragile

banks that provide their drinking water become slides of mud, filled with sediment.

the exhausted prairie becomes cratered. a moon fractured by hundreds of cloven

hooves carrying the weight of half-ton bovines.





Trisia Eddy Woods is a writer, artist, and wildlife photographer who lives in Edmonton / amiskwaciw√Ęskahikan. Her writing has been published in a variety of journals, both in print and online, and the chapbook ‘Edith & Aurelia: A Romantic Tragedy in Five Acts’ was published by dancing girl press. She has had artwork exhibited both at home and internationally. Her current project explores the intersection of wild horses and solastalgia in the Alberta foothills.

the Tuesday poem is curated by rob mclennan

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