My Boys

from by Jill Battson

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My Boys

My boys ride with me in the truck
I am girl squashed between love
a grey muzzle next to my neck
peripheral green eye
a black shoulder against mine, leaning
they watch cows and horses
trying to imagine them as bigger dogs
follow the raven’s flight across fields
scan mountainsides for clues
and guard the truck even though
the street dog is oblivious of their presence
My boys stretch out in the back
or curl tiny on the passenger seat
their nose juice forming patterns over windows.


from gratitude songs, released June 17, 2013



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Jill Battson Toronto, Ontario

Jill Battson is an interdisciplinary poet. She has written several plays as well as the libretti for two operas and produced an electro acoustic sound art project. Dark Star Requiem, for which she wrote the libretto, premiered at Toronto’s Luminato Festival in 2010 and was published in book form. Her new collection, The Ecstatic Torture of Gratitude, was recently published by Guernica Editions ... more

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