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The Cruelest Month

The Cruelest Month

The Cruelest Month

 
Is it predate
or pre-date
this primal part 
of living life on this planet, 
perhaps others, 
for eons? 
 
Perhaps one 
arrangement of
letters belies the truth
of the other.
 
How far back does 
this necessity to 
kill to eat, 
to feed
go?
 
Even the green blood
of the plant is not immune;
it, too, is spilled to slake
the thirst of life as 
we know it to 
keep living.
 
And how far into the future
will it continue
to turn the
wheel of
existing?
 
I saw three
beautiful birds
of prey newly killed
on the road yesterday.
 
An unusual quantity
in such a short stretch
of travel, but then this is
the season of so much
emerging, taking of
life in both senses
of the phrase.
 
Their enormous
feathers gleaming
in the early spring sun.
 
They were slaughtered by
cars as they attempted to prey
on smaller creatures making their
lives along this trafficked highway
flanked by its small wilderness 
of woods — not enough 
habitat for those whose 
range would be far mightier, 
just enough to accommodate 
the teeming whose nature 
cannot be contained.
 
Thus, far from wild, 
it is far too concentrated
a tract of non-human
intrusion, and upsets
distribution between
eating and eaten.
 
So much that was wrong 
with this picture. So much
that, despite this, is right,
according to the natural
law of balance on this
plane teaching 
balance.
 
Give and take.
Offering and
accepting, 
opening
and closing.
 
Forming and
ceding form.
 
Teaching
acceptance 
of the tick, the
mosquito, the
poison ivy, the
coywolf and red-
tailed hawk as
readily as
the violet.
 
I found a deer tick
on my flesh yesterday,
post gardening, and today,
mid-April, it is snowing
— accumulating.
 
Teaching that
April isn’t cruel,
that the tick is just
a tick, making it’s 
way in the world
as I am, you are
— if I choose 
to understand
this to be
true.
 
Enlightenment 
isn’t an end. It  
is a beginning 
only ever just 
begun.
 
waves on waters,
petals folding,
unfolding,
clouds
gathering,
part ways
 
for a
spell.
 
A journey
that births
itself in the dark, 
as so much life does,
here, taking one through its
unlit depths, ground, grounding,
finding passage 
to the light.
 
Again,
again.
 
This is what the
daffodil tells me.
She is not shy
in her brilliance,
having had so long
to rest with the question
of rising and falling,
of holding light
in the dark.
 
And so I take 
her counsel. 
And I rise with 
her to the light
of this question,
this quandary, this 
specter of killing 
in the spectrum 
of life and its
living overlit
by this day 
that like all 
that lives, 
will end 
as ever a 
beginning
 
borne of
starlight.

∞/∞

Eve Moore ©2021
© 
Photo: Eve Moore

Eve Moore: Once a professional writer of advertising, I saw the light & it has shown me words of a different nature. And so I take them down & offer them up. And all is well. 

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