Judson Jerome

(1927-1991 / United States)

Judson Jerome Poems

1. Empire In Winter 1/3/2003
2. Messianic 1/3/2003
3. The Unchosen 1/3/2003
4. Deer Hunt 1/3/2003
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Deer Hunt

Because the warden is my cousin, my
mountain friends hunt in summer, when the deer
cherish each rattler-ridden spring, and I
have waited hours by a pool in fear
that manhood would require I shoot, or that
the steady drip of the hill would dull my ear
to a snake whispering near the log I sat
upon, and listened to the yelping cheer
of dogs and men resounding ridge to ridge.

I flinched at every lonely rifle crack,
my knuckles whitening where I gripped the edge
of age and clung, like retching, sinking back
then gripping once again the monstrous gun,

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