Blackbirdan online journal of literature and the artsFall 2015  Vol. 14 No. 2
an online journal of literature and the arts
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Moon Blind

Overnight our white pony is wizened, his good eye sewn shut
after a kick or a nail. The other eye is moon blind:

better, then worse as the crescent thins. On a good day
it once tracked the flit of movement; now it’s a still pool,

unwitting mirror of a world he can’t see. Last night—snow,
now it’s gusting mist. Today’s a washout loss to be blind.

Snow so bright the shadows seem sculpted, the dark godly,
illumined as when the sea suddenly flattens:

glitter of moon in shallow troughs. Surely he sensed
before it happened, fleet register in the treble of spine.

A slump of snow thunders from the barn roof. Sidelined, blind.
Still he lifts his whiskered chin to the blow of white,

a microcosm shivers through whale-dark days. Snow scrims
the valley of his sunken eye, glitter pricks each lash in ice:

translated, shriven—for all we know—still-vigilant guardian of our world.  end  

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