Blue jay screams in the almost wilderness—
she Wants she Wants she Wants.
Nothing but flames will grow in this wind.
Back and forth the blind mice scuttle.
Their nation crumbles and thrives.
Dawn Potter directs the Frost Place Conference on Poetry and Teaching. She is the author of seven books of prose and poetry, most recently The Vagabond’s Bookshelf: A Reader’s Memoir. She lives in Portland, ME.