Upon Considering A Photograph On My Studio Wall · Peaco Todd

from the left
across a grassy plain
a white ribbon of road
angles upward
diminishes toward a
flattened horizon
then fades away

pale sky traced with light
gray field mottled
with shadow
in the center
bisecting earth and heaven
a road sign holding
a humped silhouette
speaks of bison
to the silence

nothing now
disturbs the plain
only ancient echoes
of a thunder of hooves
their weighty passage
a medicine for the soil
down from the horizon
they swept and swept
eclipsing the sky
then faded away

how the unscathed land
aches to be broken

with due respect
to the long dreaming
narrative of grass
the field is empty
it awaits the bison
the road waits
to be crossed

Peaco Todd is a cartoonist and author, co-author and/or illustrator of several books including her most recent effort, Screwnomics: How Our Economy Works Against Women and Real Ways to Make Change. Her non-profit, Earth Comix, develops cartoons for the fight against the poaching of endangered animals, primarily elephants, rhinos and pangolins, and recently published the comic K-9 Tales: Shikar’s Incredible Adventure.