J.D. Smith

J.D. Smith’s
fourth collection, The Killing Tree, was published in 2016, and he is currently circulating two other collections. He works in Washington, DC, where he lives with his wife Paula Van Lare, their rescue animals, and no small amount of trepidation. Twitter: @Smitroverse

One Must Be of One’s Time

The fingerling swims in its given waters,
the raptor strikes from a certain sky,
nesting in a tree of particular earth,

and one is presently of a moment
where tabloids open with reports
that pages one and six have merged,
that among the nations and their trades
the tribes of scribe and scholar
count decreasingly because
they do not shout or sing
in arenas, flanked by dancers.

This is the moment one must
embrace to press the pages
into a summary ball, to which
one may set a match.

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