Old Woman Nature

Old Woman Nature
naturally has a bag of bones
               tucked away somewhere.
               a whole room full of bones!
A scattering of hair and cartilage
              bits in the woods.
A fox scat with hair and a tooth in it.
              a shellmound
                     a bone flake in a streambank.
A purring cat, crunching
              the mouse head first,
                      eating on down toward the tail—
The sweet old woman
              calmly gathering firewood in the
Don’t be shocked,
She’s heating you some soup.
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