Pima Road Notebook #1 by Keith Ekiss


Bullet-Riddled Saguaro

By Keith Ekiss

The body appears diseased. Green

limbs amputated, like photographs

of children in war, mutilated,

burned alive. A body wants to die

but can’t: the roots still draw water.

The shotgun holes could house birds:

elf owl, cactus wren. An easy target,

the man can’t miss. Where one

stops to shoot another shoots,

fingering the trigger, surprised

each time how deeply it stands.


New Issues has recently published Keith Ekiss’ first book of poems, Pima Road Notebook. A series of poems from the collection has been selected by the author for The Owls site.


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