Pima Road Notebook #6 by Keith Ekiss25/10/2010
By Keith Ekiss
If you cause the wrong owl suffering, or disturb
jackrabbit tracks while your wife lies pregnant,
if you eat berries claimed by coyote, a sickness
might take years to surface, blisters swelling
in your child’s mouth. You must hear the songs
while the shaman swings a coyote tail
about the child.
Thus, soft talk before a hunt,
speak obliquely of the quarry. The badger causes
throat sores. Field mouse makes a baby not shit.
The quail hunter uses caution, the eggs
and meat are eaten, but the head’s torn off,
preventing blindness. You can track cottontail,
relishing the boiled ears, even if your wife carries
another child. Surround the rabbit on horseback,
drive it by fire from the brush before a feast.
Settlers will mistake the hollow bones for birds,
so obviously designed for flight.
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