Aught, no. 10 (2003)

Matvei Yankelevich

Mushroom Hunting in the Truro Woods

1.  Don’t mention mushrooms.

A damp meadow. That means:
            it’s been raining.
Black wings. That means:
            the stranger approaches.
The letter H
(a breath)
in a concrete diamond.
That means chain link fences.
A yellow sign with letters faded:
            that means—the end of the war
            that means—a golden pasture
which means: electrified pastoral area.

Dogs bark in the distance:
            that could mean—a dark Siberian village
                                    —low standard of living
                                    —mist in the valley
                                    —Area Closed.


2.  Look Away.

One beautiful mushroom:
            —“there are more in these woods”
            —this is the one

The cigarette goes out             
            —the wind is from the ocean side
The whole world is swimming
            that means: the mist swells

The _______ resound(s) with the black beating of wings
      (a or b?)



3.  Don’t mention mushrooms. Look away.

Nothing like:
            stumble upon the sea.

Copyright 2003, by the author. All rights reserved.
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