Just One More
She moved away out here to get away
from people, from a job that buried her under
other people’s problems. We’re rural here.
She settled in a place with barn and corral,
got a horse but doesn’t ride. Adopted a dog
and two barn cats plus one for the house.
Added some pens and got a nanny goat,
two sheep, one pig, two hens, a rooster and
a husband but like most other humans
he had his problems. Before long he was gone.
She put out grain for wild turkeys, a saltlick
to lure in deer. Jackrabbits who ravage gardens
here and there. Coyote keeps to edges, hawk
to thermals and the owl to dark. Last night
we heard the most blood-curdling cry from her
direction. Husband back with a gun? No
country home’s complete without a peacock
Copyright © Taylor Graham | Year Posted 2016