We like to describe the heart as heavy
when it’s more like an old wolf
gone hungry, wondering
why bother restarting the hunt?
Then a rabbit emerges from a hole in the dirt
and everything forgives itself for just
continuing to exist. What’s your moon
sign? What’s your Myers-Briggs
personality type? Never mind, doesn’t matter. Or,
OK—does matter, but matters less when we nap
side-by-side in this grass, the whole field
so American, all of our kings
somewhere else recovering
our personal wolves
playing around in the brook together under
our imprecise supervision.
Mikko Harvey is the author of Unstable Neighbourhood Rabbit and Let the World Have You. His last poem for Maisonneuve was “Small Grey Stone” (Issue 72).