Unheard in the Woods by Rodney Nelson



Rodney Nelson’s work began appearing in mainstream journals long ago. See his page in the P&W directory:
He has lived in various parts of the U.S., working as a licensed psychiatric technician and copy editor, and now resides in the northern Great Plains. Rodney’s recently published chapbook and book titles are: Metacowboy, Mogollon Picnic, Hill of Better Sleep, Felton Prairie, In Wait, Cross Point Road, Late & Later, The Western Wide, Billy Boy, Ahead of Evening, Winter in Fargo, Hjemkomst, Canyon, Time Tacit, and Minded Places.

Rodney says: ‘Most of my poems “arrive” during walks and are written down as soon as I return home or years later.’



















Unheard in the Woods





give me every sense and a white coat

        a body to dig and hunt and run with

and I’ll evade the talon

                      the bullet

the trap and the tooth and the arrowhead

I’ll breed with what I’m scenting on the wind



I am an ermine that you thought you saw

        in snow that bore or might have borne a mark

where I had gone my mulling way

                      and I

in covert did not blink as you went yours

one winter day of our betaking




Rodney Nelson