TAD RICHARDS
PASTORAL


You wonder if dogs
ever breach this
gate in packs
maraud through tulip beds
scratch over brick paths

if white tailed deer
vault stone walls
nibble on succulents
or in a dry year
rhododendrons

you know moles
burrow under the mound
you've just nailed her to
noses twitching
pink like her

rabbits have mated here
a nervous shiver
she brushes off
wood chip mulch
doesn't say anything

you haven't been seen
you could come back
again but
you find yourself longing
for a field with crows

TAD RICHARDS

Tad Richards is a 1963 graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop whose work has appeared in The Iowa Review. He is currently completing a novel/audio drama titled Nick & Jake, the audio version of which features Alan Arkin, Tom Conti, and Ali McGraw.

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on October 08, 2010

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