The Day He Leapt Up

for Dwight

No headline
No flag flown half-mast,
Upside down
Or folded
No womb in the ground
No box
No body

A resonate croak startles the air
Like a Jack breaking free
At first crack of light

Beet colored leaves
Dive from their trees
In courageous departure–
Like pages
Like breath
in slow motion

A bullfrog
Willful and elegant
Winks in the distance
Tenses his haunches and


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