Patrick Cahill

One Way or Another

The  hawthorn  stripped,  one  red  berry  and  one  red  leaf,  the  hawk’s  cry exhausted  in  your  throat,  an  accident  of  flight,  down  by  the  river,  the  jay mimicking a table saw, you slip your hand into a pocket of evidence, touch the ticket,  a  landscape  of  footprints  and  dark  reliefs,  your  voice  a  branch repeating its leaved echoes, its wing’s dark edge, binding the hollow air, the body  you’ve  sketched  beneath  your  lids,  you  look  for  the  sky,  vanished once  again  for  a  moment,  then  pirouette,  drop  the  frayed  ticket  in  the trash.

Patrick Cahill’s The Machinery of Sleep (Sixteen Rivers Press) came out in 2020. His prose and poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. A cofounder and editor of Ambush Review, he was also a contributing editor for the Sonoma County anthology Digging Our Poetic Roots. Patrick received his Ph.D. in History of Consciousness from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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