A war of raccoons
with armadillo clashes;
shoots into old palm forest
canopy— stars for the dark.
This Does Not Feel like a Sustainable Operation
I am running out of fingernails and cuticles
to mangle. Toes too. Scabs picked clean.
I am sick and tired. I have had it with naming
the scars. Mr. Biggie on my right upper arm,
et al.. I am deprived. Little sleep. No dreams.
Karla Linn Merrifield, a nine-time Pushcart-Prize nominee and National Park Artist-in-Residence, has 12 books to her credit, the newest of which is Bunchberries, More Poems of Canada, a sequel to Godwit: Poems of Canada (FootHills), which received the Eiseman Award for Poetry. She is assistant editor and poetry book reviewer for The Centrifugal Eye, a member of the board of directors of Just Poets (Rochester, NY), and a member of the Florida State Poetry Society, and The Author’s Guild. Visit her at http://karlalinn.blogspot.com.