Alternating between eager optimism and somber reclusion, Two by Two: Into the White examines morality and neuroses, agony and peace. The couplets transport readers from the sunny arroyos of the Sonoran Desert to the darkest, dampest corners of the human mind.
Please enjoy this free excerpt from my book: Two by Two: Into the White.
into the white
gray paws sink deep into
the blanket of powder snow
gaze flickers between brother, sister
mother, father, patrolling their positions
all of their honey-gold eyes fixed on the
immense bison, he does not cower
dignified to his last, outweighing
the wolves combined
together they leap
a mass of growling gray fur
soaring at the neck
of the regal beast
he remains standing
as they wrestle and rip
his thick molasses fur
an insufficient defense
a groan escapes it before
snapping jaws succeed
the bison falls, surrendering
to the white snow
eerie howling reverberates
into the night
Thoughts on “Into the White”
Many poems in the collection feature a desert setting; this couplet is just the opposite. I wanted to capture the intense power of nature, of the wild, that is so captivating to human beings. We often feel cut off from nature, living in our cities and shopping at our grocery stores.
Then we visit nature, either through television or by visiting a national park, and some primal awareness clicks on in our brains from an earlier time. An ancient memory, perhaps from when we were hunters and gatherers, is triggered and the result is an inexplicable sense of déjà vu.
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