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Written by Philip Levine | Create an image from this poem

Sierra Kid

 "I've been where it hurts.
" the Kid He becomes Sierra Kid I passed Slimgullion, Morgan Mine, Camp Seco, and the rotting Lode.
Dark walls of sugar pine --, And where I left the road I left myself behind; Talked to no one, thought Of nothing.
When my luck ran out Lived on berries, nuts, bleached grass.
Driven by the wind Through great Sonora pass, I found an Indian's teeth; Turned and climbed again Without direction, compass, path, Without a way of coming down, Until I stopped somewhere And gave the place a name.
I called the forests mine; Whatever I could hear I took to be a voice: a man Was something I would never hear.
He faces his second winter in the Sierra A hard brown bug, maybe a beetle, Packing a ball of sparrow **** -- What shall I call it? **** beetle? Why's it pushing here At this great height in the thin air With its ridiculous waddle Up the hard side of Hard Luck Hill? And the furred thing that frightened me -- Bobcat, coyote, wild dog -- Flat eyes in winter bush, stiff tail Holding his ground, a rotted log.
Grass snakes that wouldn't die, And night hawks hanging on the rim Of what was mine.
I know them now; They have absorbed a mind Which must endure the freezing snow They endure and, freezing, find A clear sustaining stream.
He learns to lose She was afraid Of everything, The little Digger girl.
Pah Utes had killed Her older brother Who may have been her lover The way she cried Over his ring -- The heavy brass On the heavy hand.
She carried it for weeks Clenched in her fist As if it might Keep out the loneliness Or the plain fact That he was gone.
When the first snows Began to fall She stopped her crying, picked Berries, sweet grass, Mended her clothes And sewed a patchwork shawl.
We slept together But did not speak.
It may have been The Pah Utes took Her off, perhaps her kin.
I came back To find her gone With half the winter left To face alone -- The slow grey dark Moving along The dark tipped grass Between the numbed pines.
Night after night For four long months My face to her dark face We two had lain Till the first light.
Civilization comes to Sierra Kid They levelled Tater Hill And I was sick.
First sun, and the chain saws Coming on; blue haze, Dull blue exhaust Rising, dust rising, and the smell.
Moving from their thatched huts The crazed wood rats By the thousand; grouse, spotted quail Abandoning the hills For the sparse trail On which, exposed, I also packed.
Six weeks.
I went back down Through my own woods Afraid of what I knew they'd done.
There, there, an A&P, And not a tree For Miles, and mammoth hills of goods.
Fat men in uniforms, Young men in aprons With one face shouting, "He is mad!" I answered: "I am Lincoln, Aaron Burr, The aging son of Appleseed.
"I am American And I am cold.
" But not a one would hear me out.
Oh God, what have I seen That was not sold! They shot an old man in the gut.
Mad, dying, Sierra Kid enters the capital What have I changed? I unwound burdocks from my hair And scalded stains Of the black grape And hid beneath long underwear The yellowed tape.
Who will they find In the dark woods of the dark mind Now I have gone Into the world? Across the blazing civic lawn A shadow's hurled And I must follow.
Something slides beneath my vest Like melted tallow, Thick but thin, Burning where it comes to rest On what was skin.
Who will they find? A man with no eyes in his head? Or just a mind Calm and alone? Or just a mouth, silent, dead, The lips half gone? Will they presume That someone once was half alive And that the air Was massive where The sickening pyracanthus thrive Staining his tomb? I came to touch The great heart of a dying state.
Here is the wound! It makes no sound.
All that we learn we learn too late, And it's not much.

Written by Philip Levine | Create an image from this poem

Small Game

 In borrowed boots which don't fit 
and an old olive greatcoat, 
I hunt the corn-fed rabbit, 
game fowl, squirrel, starved bobcat, 
anything small.
I bring down young deer wandered from the doe's gaze, and reload, and move on leaving flesh to inform crows.
At dusk they seem to suspect me, burrowed in a corn field verging their stream.
The unpecked stalks call them.
Nervous, they yield to what they must: hunger, thirst, habit.
Closer and closer comes the scratching which at first sounds like sheaves clicked together.
I know them better than they themselves, so I win.
At night the darkness is against me.
I can't see enough to sight my weapon, which becomes freight to be endured or at best a crutch to ease swollen feet that demand but don't get rest unless I invade your barn, which I do.
Under my dark coat, monstrous and vague, I turn down your lane, float through the yard, and roost.
Or so I appear to you who call me spirit or devil, though I'm neither.
What's more, under all, I'm white and soft, more like yourself than you ever would have guessed before you claimed your barn with shot gun, torch, and hounds.
Why am I here? What do I want? Who am I? You demand from the blank mask which amuses the dogs.
Leave me! I do your work so why ask?
Written by Badger Clark | Create an image from this poem

From Town

  We're the children of the open and we hate the haunts o' men,
    But we had to come to town to get the mail.
  And we're ridin' home at daybreak--'cause the air is cooler then--
    All 'cept one of us that stopped behind in jail.
  Shorty's nose won't bear paradin', Bill's off eye is darkly fadin',
    All our toilets show a touch of disarray,
  For we found that city life is a constant round of strife
    And we ain't the breed for shyin' from a fray.

  Chant your warwhoop, pardners dear, while the east turns pale with fear
    And the chaparral is tremblin' all aroun'
  For we're wicked to the marrer; we're a midnight dream of terror
    When we're ridin' up the rocky trail from town!

  We acquired our hasty temper from our friend, the centipede.
    From the rattlesnake we learnt to guard our rights.
  We have gathered fightin' pointers from the famous bronco steed
    And the bobcat teached us reppertee that bites.
  So when some high-collared herrin' jeered the garb that I was wearin'
    'Twas't long till we had got where talkin' ends,
  And he et his illbred chat, with a sauce of derby hat,
    While my merry pardners entertained his friends.

  Sing 'er out, my buckeroos! Let the desert hear the news.
    Tell the stars the way we rubbed the haughty down.
  We're the fiercest wolves a-prowlin' and it's just our night for howlin'
    When we're ridin' up the rocky trail from town.

  Since the days that Lot and Abram split the Jordan range in halves,
    Just to fix it so their punchers wouldn't fight,
  Since old Jacob skinned his dad-in-law for six years' crop of calves
    And then hit the trail for Canaan in the night,
  There has been a taste for battle 'mong the men that follow cattle
    And a love of doin' things that's wild and strange,
  And the warmth of Laban's words when he missed his speckled herds
    Still is useful in the language of the range.

  Sing 'er out, my bold coyotes! leather fists and leather throats,
    For we wear the brand of Ishm'el like a crown.
  We're the sons o' desolation, we're the outlaws of creation--
    Ee--yow! a-ridin' up the rocky trail from town!