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Short Story / Poem OTW Oct 31-Nov 4

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This week’s short story/poem OTW is a poem written by Robert Gibb. This week’s poem is For the Chipmunk in My Yard. Gibbs wrote this poem for- well, the chipmunk in his yard!

I think he knows I’m alive, having come down
The three steps of the back porch
And given me a good once over. All afternoon
He’s been moving back and forth,
Gathering odd bits of walnut shells and twigs,
While all about him the great fields tumble
To the blades of the thresher. He’s lucky
To be where he is, wild with all that happens.
He’s lucky he’s not one of the shadows
Living in the blond heart of the wheat.
This autumn when trees bolt, dark with the fires
Of starlight, he’ll curl among their roots,
Wanting nothing but the slow burn of matter
On which he fastens like a small, brown flame.

This poem is published here. Unfortunately, this has not been published in a book.  You can read more of Robert Gibb’s work here.

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