Near Bluffton Mill and Late Spring, Rockfish Gap

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Near Bluffton Mill and Late Spring, Rockfish Gap

by Rebecca Lilly
Southern Cultures, Vol. 13, No. 4: Global South (2007)

"Among the grass tufts / Along a fence: cattle bones. . ."

Near Bluffton Mill
1

The old house ruins
Shine with dust; late day coolness
From the pine forest

2

Among the grass tufts
Along a fence: cattle bones . . .
Dry weeds, there again

3

Sawdust and bark chips
In the yard; treetops crackling
As the starlings arc

4

The parched yellow grass
Near a high water mark; sun-
Streaked banks caked with mud

5

Golden field slopes fade . . .
Hay bales scenting through the boards:
Weathered, flecked with paint

 

Late Spring, Rockfish Gap
1

On a tree-lined creek bank
Redstarts flutter, hovering,
Darting from birch leaves
After rain: green pastures—
Cloud shapes change at the summit
Through scattered sunbeams

2

At dawn, in the field,
Feathers of a long-eared owl
Float among the stalks
Ripples going outward . . .
Birch twigs drift across water
Where the path runs out

3

On a sunken porch,
An old table and chairs; wasps
Buzz through weathered doors
The horse pasture warms . . .
Some mist-wrapped morning glories
Open through fence boards