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Zanhar, the Arabian
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Jana Kalina


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Zanhar, the Arabian,
out of place
on this wild, wet, West Coast
            cavorts about. Strides up and over
moss-masked boulders. Brushes past
tickling ferns. Droopy cedars stand, soaked
under shawls
of moody mists, as we slip by
 
unnoticed. Fungal smells released
from among fallen giants
sprouting huckleberry bushes, declare life
            decomposing.
How the flesh knows it. And stillness
 
hovers. I scan with feline eyes
cliff outcrops where cougars sink silent paws
into saturated moss, drop
to the belly
 
and wait. Black bears plod along elsewhere
and camouflaged, black-tailed deer forage
— ears twitching, tails flickering —
time enough to escape, but
they do not
 
bound away. Slicing through
overhead branches with precision, owl
disappears
            into mysterious dimensions. 
           
And Zanhar, ever the ambassador, negotiates           
            our way back
to his barn. Returns me
to my world
of bricks and mortar
and traffic
 

© by Jana Kalina.
Used with the author’s permission.


 

 

Jana Kalina lives with her husband on Vancouver Island. During her lifetime, she has lived extensively on three of the planet's seven continents and, today, her pursuits can be distilled down to three things: Buddhism, bonsai cultivation and, of course, poetry--especially haiku.

 


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~ and isn't he gorgeous...as is this poem ~ thanks, Judy
Posted 11/18/2012 03:53 PM
rcstewart3:
Wonderful use of image-thick words, like "shawls of moody mists." I can feel like I am there, too, not in suburban Chicago. Ah.
Posted 11/18/2012 03:46 PM
marenomitchell:
What a trip in words! Beautifully done.
Posted 11/18/2012 12:18 PM
mimi:
ooohhh, what a sensual, beautiful poem--love it!
Posted 11/18/2012 10:58 AM


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