In Case of Fire

In Case of Fire | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

A roe deer in mist. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

It’s way past time to start heaving:
unplug the air boxes in the harmonica,
bracingly slow,
“No!” rising from your throat
like deer across a road:
there are always more where those came from.

If only it were as easy to eject
as swallow
the field around you,
homegrown or estranged,
heaving plentifully at low cost.