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

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 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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